PH’s Duterte, De Lima on TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima are both part of TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People in 2017.
American news magazine TIME has released its official list of The 100 Most Influential People for 2017, and Philippine politicians have been included, namely the tough-talking President Duterte at the Leaders List, known for his war on drugs, and De Lima, a feisty senator who is also a staunch critic of the Duterte administration on the Icons List.
DUTERTE PART OF 2017 TIME 100/IMAGE Dondi Tawatao of Getty Images
According to TIME magazine, the annual list of the 100 Most Influential People “explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown. In a piece written by former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, he wrote about Duterte and his “ironfisted strategy” on the drug war. Gaviria Also mentioned how he, as a former president of Colombia, discovered the war as unwinnable and that the human costs were devastating. Gaviria ended the piece by suggesting solutions such as “treating drugs as health, human rights, and development issue.”
DE LIMA ALSO PART OF 2017 TIME 100/IMAGE Rolex Dela Pena-EPA
On the other hand, former US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote about De Lima. In a piece she wrote, she said that “De Lima has become Duterte’s most vocal critic.” Power also mentioned how De Lima convened a hearing on the drug war, and how De Lima continues to speak out against Duterte while in jail.
Also read: Duterte wins 2017 TIME 100 Reader Poll
The 100 most influential people were categorized into five sections, namely Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, and Icons. Recently, Duterte won the TIME 100 Reader poll, where he emerged at the top spot for garnering 5% of the YES votes on who should be on the 2017 TIME 100.