Police Inspector Sofia Loren P. Deliu, the soldier’s daughter who left a modeling career to join the Philippine National Police, has been called to be part of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s close-in security elite group. The 26-year-old, graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy Mandilaab Class of 2014, was a hot topic last year when she joined the Miss Philippines Earth pageant and landed among the 15 fifteen semi-finalists.
Women in the police or military service joining beauty contest like Deliu are not new. Many previous winners of Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon who worked in the military competed at the Miss Universe pageant. Just recently, Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army Officer, currently a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Department Unit in Fort Meade, Md., was named Miss USA 2016 succeeding Miss Universe 2015 second runner-up Olivia Jordan.
Deliu, who is half-Filipina, half-Romanian, was assigned to Police Regional Office 1 (Ilocos Region) and held the position as chief supply officer of the PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion, the supporting unit for the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and police rescue operations. Of late, she was a Public Information Officer of San Fernando Provincial Police Office and as a TV host of PNP TV program “Pulis @ Ur Serbis”
A graduate at Saint Louis University in Baguio City with a bachelor’s degree in tourism management, Deliu chose “implementing environmental laws” as her Miss Philippines Earth advocacy because she wanted to promote awareness on the country’s existing law which not many are aware of. “Career should not be a hindrance to joining meaningful and timely pageants. It doesn’t matter where you came from, it doesn’t matter what you do, what matters is your commitment and your desire to make a difference,” Deliu said.
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