The Philippines’ very own President Rodrigo Duterte was among the “strongmen” on the May cover issue of the prestigious TIME magazine.
Joining Duterte were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
They have been featured not just on the cover photo but also in the feature story “Rise of the Strongman.”
Time magazine’s writer Ian Bremmer stated: “These leaders have won followers by targeting ‘them,’ including the familiar US and European sources of power and influence. But they have succeeded because they know something about ‘us,’ or the people they’re speaking to. They understand the sense of threat — and they’re willing to exploit it.”
“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’,” he added.
Bremmer said the Philippine President’s charismatic and firm approach to ending “tide of violent street crime” and wiping out “drug trade with his own brand of justice” had helped him win the 2016 national election.
He described Duterte as “a former mayor who talked more like a Mob boss than a President.”
Following this, Malacañang said Duterte was acknowledged given his “strong and decisive leadership.”
“Regardless of slant, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has demonstrated strong and decisive leadership – a quality appreciated by Filipinos as evidenced by the Chief Executive’s high satisfaction, approval, trust and performance ratings,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.