The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - First Page - (With a report from Malou Cablinda)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte won the 2017 TIME 100 poll after consistently leading the survey, which asked readers who should be included on TIME 100, an annual list of the world's most influential people, according to the international magazine.

It said Duterte received 5% of the total "yes" votes in the poll, which closed recently. TIME, quoting a report by Reuters news agency, also said that “since taking office in June, Duterte has waged an aggressive war on drugs that has killed more than 8,000 people in the Philippines. The controversial anti-drug campaign has inspired growing opposition from human rights groups and some political leaders, including Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo.”

TIME said Duterte was followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, all of whom received 3% of the total "yes" votes.

It added that American politician Bernie Sanders won the reader poll in 2016 while Russian President Vladimir Putin took the lead in 2015.


Duterte’s loyal supporters and followers welcomed news of his winning the poll. His family also lauded the poll result. The President’s son, Paolo, who is currently the vice mayor of Davao City, said his father’s good showing in the TIME poll is an indication that the 72year old patriarch “has the trademark of a good leader that many people from all corners of the world are so desperately looking for.”

In his Facebook post, the young Duterte said the poll result of TIME'S 100 most influential persons is an affirmation of how the world view President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader worthy of respect not just by the Filipino people but by all other peoples from other nations.

“We Filipinos should be proud that we have a president that's admired by other nations. We should all rally behind President Duterte and continue to support him for his mission to make the country more progressive and at par with more developed countries.”

“That is the least we can do for all the sacrifices that he is doing now. Our family just hope that all his sacrifices will be appreciated first and foremost by all Filipinos and not just the 16 million who voted for him. To our father, keep up the good work and may God give you more strength to keep on serving the Filipino people,” he said.

(Photo from official Pulong Duterte Facebook page)

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

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