Palace on TIME poll: Duterte ‘admired’ by Pinoys, international leaders
President Rodrigo Duterte was “so admired” by Filipinos and international leaders because of his national agenda, Palace said Monday, reacting to reports the firebrand leader topped TIME magazine’s ‘Most Influential’ poll.
“What makes President Rodrigo R. Duterte so admired by Filipinos and international leaders alike is his national agenda,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“Indeed Filipinos find in the President a kindred spirit – a leader who acts for the common good,” he said.
Duterte got 5 percent of the total “yes” votes in the magazine’s online poll, beating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who each got 3 percent.
The official TIME 100 list, chosen by the magazine’s editors, will be revealed on April 20, said the magazine in its announcement.
American Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders won the reader poll in 2016 while Russian President Vladimir Putin topped it in 2015.
Duterte received 5% of the total “yes” votes in the poll, which closed Sunday night. Since taking office in June, Duterte has waged an aggressive war on drugs that has killed more than 8,000 people in the Phillippines, according to Reuters. The controversial anti-drug campaign has inspired growing opposition from human rights groups and some political leaders, including Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo.
Closely following Duterte in the TIME 100 poll were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg — all of whom received 3% of the total “yes” votes.
U.S. Bernie Sanders won the reader poll in 2016 while Russian President Vladimir Putin took the lead in 2015.
The official TIME 100 list, which is selected by TIME’s editors, will be announced on April 20.