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Teo denies bringing makeup artist to overseas junkets: Executive assistant siya!


Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has denied bringing a makeup artist on her official trips abroad.

In a press conference Friday (February 16), Teo said Angelito Ucol works in her office as executive assistant.

“Hindi po siya makeup artist. He goes [with] me in one of the trips. He works in the office, he files, he types, nagtatrabaho po siya,” she said.

Teo added that she is “entitled” to bring an aide whenever she travels overseas.

Ucol describes himself as a makeup artist on his Instagram page, ucolangelito. Some of his regular clients were talents of TV5, based on photos he posted before his account became dormant in September 2015.

Teo’s foreign travels and her companions were reported by the Philippine Star in an article published on February 14.

Based on documents, the Tourism Secretary also brought along her assistant, Marinela Miranda, on her overseas trips.

Among the countries which Teo visited in her two years as head of the Department of Tourism were Dubai, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan and Canada.

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