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Duterte, De Lima on TIME list of most influential people

Time Magazine ran profile stories of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Senator Leila M. de Lima for its list of the world's most influential people Time Magazine ran profile stories of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Senator Leila M. de Lima for its list of the world's most influential people
Tobias Pedroso | 23 Abril, 2017, 11:53

Malacañang isn't exactly thrilled that President Duterte shares the same spotlight with one of his staunchest critics, Senator Leila de Lima, in TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2017.

Prior to the release of the official list Friday, Duterte topped the online survey for the Time 100.

Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 Judge Juanita T. Guerrero, who earlier ordered the arrest of Ms. De Lima, said in a three-page order that court found no merit to consolidate the cases. "His ironfisted strategy alarms governments, human-rights organizations and faith-based groups while winning high approval ratings at home".

Last February, Gaviria wrote a New York Times op-ed which advised Duterte to stop the drug war and not "repeat [his] mistakes". "But after spending billions, I discovered that the war was unwinnable and the human costs were devastating. The cure was infinitely worse than the disease", said Gaviria, who led Colombia from 1990 to 1994. He is also a founding member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

"[Duterte] could prosecute the most violent criminals and provide treatment for users rather than condemn them to prison, or worse", the former president wrote. Right off the bat, Gaviria mentions how there have been 7,000 drug war killings since the president's inauguration last June. "The tragedy is that many more people are likely going to die as he learns this lesson", he said.

Former Colombian President César Gaviria was tasked to write about Duterte. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (dubbed "Duterte Harry") has insulted Pope Francis, told US President Barack Obama to "go to hell" and expressed regret he did not go "first" in a gang rape. Human Rights Watch research has subsequently determined that numerous 3,271 death-squad-style extrajudicial killings the police attribute to "vigilantes" and drug gangs are a veneer to shield themselves and police agents from culpability in death-squad-style extrajudicial executions.

"Most opposition politicians have kept their heads down, knowing Duterte is both terrifyingly brutal and massively popular", she said. The senator's strong criticisms of Duterte's drug campaign were highlighted in the profile written by former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. Time runs a sympathetic write-up on the detained senator, also in 185 words, by former USA ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017) Samantha Power.

"It is a disturbing testament to the current solidarity among strongmen and the global surge in impunity that de Lima's cause has not been more embraced", she said. "And yet, even from prison, she continues to speak out against her President: 'It's not O.K. with me that we have a murderous psychopath occupying the highest post in the land'". "I can not for once contemplate capitulating to the dark side that this regime now embodies in exchange for a comfortable but opportunist life". It's the same with US Pres. Donald Trump, who was also named Time Person of the Year 2016.

The official TIME 100 list was selected by the magazine's editors.