From a ‘strongman’ to ‘World's Most Powerful People’ of 2018

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED May 9, 2018 05:18 pm
APANESE JOURNALISTS INTERVIEW PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE IN MALACAÑAN IN THIS OCTOBER 24, 2017 FILE PHOTO. PHOTO COURTESY OF PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISION.

(Inside Manila) After being branded as a strongman by TIME magazine, President Rodrigo Duterte was featured again as part of "The World's Most Powerful People" in 2018.


Duterte was ranked 69th in Forbes' annual catalog of the 75 most influential men and women in the world.


Forbes, a 101-year-old media giant based in the United States, cited Duterte’s "raw and vulgar vocabulary" that keeps him in the headlines, and his "war on crime."


The Palace, in a statement, said that true source of power is the people.


"As Chief Executive for almost two years, he has faithfully served our people by promoting the interests of the Filipino people and the Filipino nation first," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.


Duterte improved to a spot after being named 70th most powerful person in 2017. 


Taking the top spot this year is Chinese President Xi Jinping, followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Putin and Duterte made it on the cover of TIME magazine as "strongmen".


Xi broke Putin's streak in the list as he was featured in the top spot for four consecutive years.


Also included in the top ten were: Pope Francis, philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, India's Narendra Modi, and Google's Larry Page.


The story will appear on the May 31, 2018 issue.

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