Campaign to put Duterte in @TIME ‘100 Most Influential’ list backfires!

Well, supporters of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte got what they wanted. Filipinos apparently logged on in droves on to the TIME Magazine website and spam-voted Duterte into its “100 Most Influential” list. As a result, Duterte actually topped the readers’ poll and did get a place amongst the most influential in the venerable news site’s “Leaders” category.

Unfortunately for Duterte and his followers, TIME gets the last laugh. Selected to do a write-up on Duterte was C├ęsar Gaviria, former president of Colombia who, during his rule from 1990-1994 also presided over a “drug war” in his country which, by his own admission in hindsight was “unwinnable”. Gavira had this to say about the controversial Philippine leader…

“Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there are 3 million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ President, has said. His approach is as ill considered as his grasp of history (more than half of Hitler’s 11 million victims were Jewish).

Equally ill-considered is how Filipinos vigorously campaigned for the spam-vote that got Duterte to this rather awkward position. It’s a bit contradictory to be, on one hand, critical — and even dismissive — of the unfavourable mileage foreign corporate media outfits like TIME give to Duterte and then, on the other, seek their validation in the manner we see now in this “100 Most Influential” circus.

Interestingly enough, Duterte’s arch-nemesis, Leila De Lima was also awarded a peachy position in the “Icons” section of this listicle edition. As expected, her write-up was a revealing one written by former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. Power writes…

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.

To be fair, Power’s testimonial was short of glowing and rather clinically factual (albeit drawing from the standard portfolio of factoids that serve as input into “news” propagated by mainstream media). Indeed, evident in the above snippet is an admission that De Lima had largely failed to gather significant popular support to back her cause.

The bottom line here is that corporate media will always be on the money trail — specially businesses like TIME whose high-maintenance brands are struggling for ascendancy in the constant din of social media chatter.

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wulfhound
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They knew it! It was a trap after all. They knew that diehard DU30’s will want PDu30 to be on Time Mag. And it is the time to pit Devil5 to Du30 internationally. What a clever little devils they are! Next time DDS warriors be one step ahead! Mainstream media = Money!

patrizia
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how much more narrow-minded and crabby can nitwit cesar gaviria get?!! all filipinos did was participate in the survey time magazine made public. no filipino made any demand. brains please!

Ngek Ngek
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One has to be a rocket scientist to conclude reasonably that Time Magazine is out to discredit DU30 and prop up De5.

d_forsaken
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Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.

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Time Magazine is a failing magazine…it is also one of the liberal magazine, that does , Fake News. Gavira of Columbia, cannot remove the Cocaine problem in his country. It is because most of the Columbian government officials, were part directly or indirectly in the Narco Trade. Cocaine is one of the biggest industry in Columbia. Its trade reach is thruout the world. It is a multi billion dollar industry ! There are many Drug Cartels in South America; and since most of the South American governments are corrupt. This is a real problem of some South American countries… So,… Read more »
NU WAVE
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Duterte is not influential beyond his countries borders, that much is certain. How influential he is in the Philippines is up for debate. I would bet he takes his orders from the Oligarchs as that would explain his backtracking on insults to the American Presidents. Someone must have told him to STFU before Trump has his number crossed off the list, so Duterte STFU and stopped with his idiotic insults..

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Leila de Lima was a former Secretary Of Justice, under the Aquino administration… To hold such prestigious position, and having sex with several men; some of whom are Prison convicts , was extremely nefarious. Her former lover, Ronnie Dayan has several videos, of Leila de Lima, having sex with different sexual partners. It is yet, to be released in the internet. If that is not some kind of Nymphomaniac…What do you call it ? The woman is a lawyer, and was a high government official. And, she was acting as a slut ! With regards to Duterte; we cannot find… Read more »
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@New Wave: Duterte is less a moron, than you…you are more of a moron in the worst case. We know, that Senate investigations are political shows. However, the Drug Lord and nymphomaniac : Leila de Lima is now rotting in jail. De Lima was a former Secretary of Justice, under the administration of Aquino…they are both involved in the Shabu Drug Trade and the Chinese Triad Mafia gang… We are also glad that the farmers, had taken over the Aquino Cojuango Hacienda Luisita , which legally belong to them. Next going to jail are the grand thieves: Aquino, Mar Roxas,… Read more »