Monday, March 27, 2017
Duterte Leads TIME's 2017 most influential survey
President Rodrigo Duterte still leading Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. As of press time, 76% of voters said Duterte should be on the "TIME 100." It also showed the the Philippine president at 4% of the online vote. Six individual are tied in the 2nd spot namely Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and actress Emma Watson. All of them got 3% of the vote.
Other personalities who made it to the poll include performers Lady Gaga (2%) and Beyonce (2%), author J.K. Rowling (2%), TV host Oprah Winfrey (2%) and athletes Michael Phelps (2%) and Simone Biles (2%).
US president Donald Trump, who was named TIME Person of the Year 2016, got 2% of the online vote.
Voting on the online poll closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on April 16.
Last December, Duterte also landed on the Most Powerful People list of Forbes magazine.
Duterte has made international headlines with a campaign against drugs that has seen thousands of suspected criminals killed.
He has also announced a "separation" from the United States and plans to realign the Philippines with China and Russia.