Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
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DUBAI – The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte has been voted as the world’s most influential person, a new poll revealed.
The firebrand Philippine president was just fresh from a three-country Middle East visit where he signed $175 million in deals, including two projects from UAE-based companies worth $11 million, which will generate more than 1,000 jobs for Filipinos.
In the 2017 Time 100 poll, readers were asked who should be on this year’s list of the world’s most influential people.
Readers wanted Duterte, who topped the list with 5 percent of the votes, which closed on Sunday night.
He bested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg—all of whom received 3 percent of the votes. Time’s official top 100 list will be chosen by its editors.
Although criticised for his bloody war on drugs, Duterte has a high trust rate at home, with nearly eight in ten Filipinos or 76 percent trusting and approving of his performance after nearly a year in office, according to independent poll Pulse Asia.
Duterte’s campaign against drugs has seen more than 22,000 drug suspects arrested and more than 700,000 people surrender to police. His government also implemented a nationwide public emergency hotline 911, with wifi now free at airports and train stations.
Since taking office, Duterte has replaced several senior police officials and dismissed public servants accused of corruption.
His government has also targeted miners, ordering them to comply with environmental rules or shut down.
During his recent visit to Bahrain, Duterte promised Filipinos there that his six-year administration would be free from corruption, oppression and abusive officials.
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