July 26, 2017, 8:51 am
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Duterte, arch critic De Lima land in Time’s 100 list

PRESIDENT Duterte and his staunch critic Sen. Leila de Lima landed in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world.

The President was among 24 persons listed in the “Leaders” category in this year’s poll which also included Pope Francis and Presidents Donald Trump of the United States, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China, Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Juan Manuel Santos of Columbia, and Narendra Modi of India.

An article about Duterte was written by former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria who again criticized Duterte’s war against drugs. Gaviria earlier wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times about the war against drugs and the deaths being attributed to it.

De Lima, who is detained on Duterte’s allegations she benefited from the illegal drugs trade, is among the 20 “influential icons” in this year’s list which also includes plus size model Ashley Graham, Olympic medalist Simone Biles, and Brazilian footballer Neymar.

Samantha Power, former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote an article for De Lima, describing the former justice secretary as the most outspoken critic of Duterte at a time when other opposition politicians had kept their
heads down.

Others categories in this years poll include “Titans” which includes basketball superstar Lebron James and economist Janet Yellen; “Artists” that includes international singers John Legend and Demi Lovato and Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds; and “Pioneers” that includes American presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

This year’s winners were determined, among others, via online voting.

The poll officially opened last March 24 and ended on April 16 with Duterte leading the readers’ online poll on who should be included in this year’s Time 100 list.

In December, Duterte also landed on the Most Powerful People list of Forbes magazine.
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