April 21, 2017

PH’s Duterte, De Lima on TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017

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  • 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.

    Featured image grabbed from Wikipedia- Leila De Lima, Wikipedia-Duterte
    Source: TIME full list, TIME on Leila De Lima, TIME on Duterte

    Recent Comments

    For many years in various dominant positions, Leila de Lima spread her legs for a married man who was her driver and bodyguard, then bemoaned being slut-shamed by a male-dominated Congress while forgetting that she had been spitting and stepping on her bodyguard’s wife every fuck she got.

    The seeming ardor of De Lima to clean up the national penitentiary when she was still justice secretary stopped when the TV cameras had gone, allowing the illegal drug trade to fester within prison walls. Hundreds of cellphones and millions in cash kept hidden by jailed drug lords and their minions were discovered and confiscated after Rodrigo Duterte became president.

    Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who wrote about De Lima as a TIME magazine “icon”, is an apology of her former self. The shallowness of her profile shows she is only one of two things: ignorant or willfully blind.

    Did Power do her homework or has she indeed sworn to be the disgraced senator’s most prominent propagandist?

    And that statistical cliche of the lazy mind: 7,000 what-did-she-say?

    Either Samantha Power is a sucker for everything the media feeds her, depends on an incompetent staff of researchers or has decided to misuse what clout she has left to bring down the man who shamed her former boss Barack Obama before the world.

    But what did Obama expect when he practically wagged a finger at the president of a sovereign country that has actually long been America’s lapdog? Clearly, not the middle finger that President Duterte thrust in his face.

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