Thursday, April 20, 2017
Duterte and De Lima in TIME list of most influential people
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has topped the online poll for TIME list of most influential people, however the Magazine has decided to undermine Duterte's popularity by including the president staunches critic Senator Leila de Lima even-though no one voted for her.
The accompanying article for Duterte is done by former Colombian president César Gaviria, while the one for De Lima was written by former United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
Gaviria was also the one who wrote a New York Times opinion piece titled "President Duterte is repeating my mistakes", based on his own experiences in fighting Colombia's drug problem. Duterte called Gaviria an idiot for "lecturing" him on the war on drugs.
Duterte's "most vocal critic" De Lima, wrote former ambassador Power, has taken on "a role her friends call suicidal." Last year, Duterte himself had accused De Lima of facilitating the drug trade inside the national penitentiary.