Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential 'not fair' to Duterte, De Lima: analyst


Posted at Apr 21 2017 08:33 PM

The inclusion of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima in Time Magazine's List of 100 Most Influential People 2017 should not serve as a measure of their standing and performance as public officials, a political analyst said Friday.

"It's a single issue type of judgement. It's not fair to either of the two," political analyst Ramon Casiple said in an interview on ANC's Dateline Philippines.

Along with the distinction for Duterte was a short article written by former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, who has been critical of the Filipino President's intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

"Since Duterte's inauguration last year, some 7,000 people have been killed. His ironfisted strategy alarms governments, human-rights organizations and faith-based groups while winning high approval ratings at home," read Gaviria's piece on Duterte.

De Lima's inclusion under the "Icons" category meanwhile puts the senator in a more positive light, Casiple said.

"The Icons category is very different because you would expect there is an admiration, a recognition that what you are doing is not only acceptable but is approved by the rest of the world."

Other personalities in the "Icons" category include celebrities Ashley Graham and Viola Davis, as well as athletes Simone Biles and Neymar.

Casiple said the list should not be a barometer for the performance and track record of both Duterte and De Lima, as it focuses on the drug war issue instead of giving a fuller background on both elected officials.

"If you're talking about President Duterte's agenda for change, you have to include the social reforms he is doing. For example, his stand on mining and land reform."

Casiple meanwhile cited De Lima's alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade: "In her own ways, she is also very controversial."