After consistently leading the survey, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was declared the winner of the TIME 100 reader poll for the world’s most influential people, receiving 5% of the total votes – but contrary to what people initially believed, despite the president winning this poll, he isn’t the final winner.
The magazine still has the last say and it will be TIME editors who will pick the final winners; the official list will be released on April 20.
Considering that Duterte has strong critics in the international community, especially because a lot of negative things have been reported about the country by the mainstream media, including the alleged extra-judicial killings (EJKs), it is highly likely that TIME won’t name him on top of the list as that could lead to significant backlash.
To describe the feisty Filipino president, TIME even wrote:
Since taking office in June, Duterte has waged an aggressive war on drugs that has killed more than 8,000 people in the Phillippines, according to Reuters. The controversial anti-drug campaign has inspired growing opposition from human rights groups and some political leaders, including Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo.
Worthy of note is the fact that Duterte consistently led the reader poll since it was launched and that he had won over top personalities and notable figures like Pope Francis, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who all got 3% each.
Of course, it is also possible that TIME editors will follow the readers’ lead, after all, the readers are also the news magazine’s buyers and customers! Moreover, while US Senator Bernie Sanders topped the 2016 list, it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who took the lead in 2015! Everyone knows Putin isn’t also loved by everyone…
So, will Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte top TIME Magazine’s official list of 100 most influential people in the world? We have to wait until April 20 to find out! Stay tuned…