Duterte wins 2017 TIME 100 Reader Poll

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte won the 2017 TIME 100 Reader Poll on world’s most influential people, the magazine officially announced on Monday, April 17.

President Rodrigo Duterte wins 2017 Time 100 Reader Poll
Photo courtesy of  Presidential Communications on Facebook.

Duterte garnered 5% of the total “yes” votes
in the poll, which closed Sunday night. The Philippine president is ahead of other world leaders like Canadian president Justin Trudeau and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Other prominent figures who made it to the top 10 include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, US President Donald Trump, Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis and American actresses Emma Stone and Viola Davis.

President Duterte winner Time 100 poll
Photo courtesy of TIME Magazine.
The renowned magazine’s editors will select who will be included in the official Time 100 list, which will be unveiled on April 20.

"Since taking office in June, Duterte has waged an aggressive war on drugs that has killed more than 8,000 people in the Philippines, 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,” Time magazine wrote.

Dubbed as “the Punisher,” Duterte catapulted to worldwide fame because of his controversial campaign against drugs, his decision to separate from the United States as well as his plans to realign the Philippines towards China.

The former mayor of Davao City was also included in Forbes magazine’s Most Powerful People list. He entered the list of 74 personalities at 70th place.

In 2016, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won the Time 100 reader poll which lists notable personalities in politics, science, arts and more.

Duterte calls visit in Middle East his “most productive trip ever”

Upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday, April 17, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain was his “most productive trip ever”.

However, Duterte did not reveal the details of his talks with the governments of the three countries.

Duterte arrived along with 140 undocumented Filipinos who were given amnesty by the Saudi government.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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