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After Time, Duterte ranks 69th in Forbes Magazine list of world's most powerful men

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MANILA — After landing on the cover again of the Time Magazine this time as one of the world's strong men long with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan., President Rodrigo Duterte ranked high in the prestigious Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful Man for 2018.


According to its description, “There are nearly 7.5 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 75 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of The World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most.”


Forbes cited Duterte’s notable campaign against illegal drugs. It also noted that Duterte never fails to make it to the headlines for his “raw and vulgar” rhetoric such as calling former US President Barack Obama a “son of a whore” among other rants against his critics.


In 2017, Duterte ranked 70th in the magazine’s list of 74 men and women who “make the world turn.”


Number one in this year’s list was China’s Xi Jinping, followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.


Also among the top 10 were Microsoft giant Bill Gates, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Google CEO Larry Page.


Duterte earlier slammed Time Magazine for portraying him like a "despot" in its latest issue.


Speaking to military officers in Malacañang, Duterte  took exception to the magazine's cover that lumped him with world leaders perceived to be "strongmen" including the man described by the President as his "idol,"  President Putin.


Time Magazine described Duterte as "a former mayor who talked more like a Mob boss than a President, on his promises to wipe out the drug trade with his own brand of justice."


The Philippine government has many times defended the anti-drug campaign, saying it was not behind reported summary killings. 


Over 4,000 have been killed in anti-drug operations. The drug suspects allegedly resisted arrest, prompting police officers to defend themselves. 


Ian Bremmer, in his Time Magazine article stated: "In every region of the world, changing times have boosted public demand for more muscular, assertive leadership. These tough-talking populists promise to protect 'us' from 'them.' Depending on who’s talking, 'them' can mean the corrupt elite or the grasping poor; foreigners or members of racial, ethnic or religious minorities." 


"Or disloyal politicians, bureaucrats, bankers or judges. Or lying reporters. Out of this divide, a new archetype of leader has emerged. We’re now in the strongman era," the article added.


Reacting to the Forbes Magazine list, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated that “President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has many times acknowledged that the true source of power is the people…the Presidency, in the mind of PRRD, begins and ends with public trust where real power emanates.”


The President refused to acknowledge the Time Magazine list, saying, “I’ll never be one. Huwag kayong maniwala diyan sa (Do not believe) Time Magazine. Para lang iyan mahalin, mabili (They just want to sell copies). Wala akong pakialam diyan sa strongman, strongman (I don’t care for the ‘strongman’ tag)."


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