During her first press conference Sunday evening following her home coming, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach defended her stance over the presence of the American military forces in the Philippines.

Wurtzbach did not hesitate to defend her views on the issue amid criticism earlier from various militant groups like Bayan Muna.

Wurtzbach said that “(US) military presence is different from (setting up permanent) military bases. Military presence sounds to me like an aid, military help, (and) security.”

“It doesn’t sound like negative at all… that’s why, I actually sticked with my answer, although if some people feel very strongly against it,” said Wurtzbach.

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-John Esconde