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Duterte is 70th of Forbes' 74 Most Powerful People

In this Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte poses with a fist bump during the anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Impassioned speeches by Duterte about the United States, the European Union and the United Nations have repeatedly led his government to issue clarifications, though he has been on the job less than three months. AP/Bullit Marquez, File

Duterte is 70th of Forbes' 74 Most Powerful People

Rosette Adel (Philstar.com) - December 15, 2016 - 10:12am

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was named one of the Forbes Magazine’s Most Powerful People of 2016.

Duterte joined 73 other leaders, advocates and entrepreneurs who represent various sectors in the roster. He was listed 70th of the 74 Most Powerful People of international business magazine.

 “The former mayor of Davao City was elected president of the Philippines in May 2016 on the strength of a campaign that promised the swift execution of drug users and other criminals, and his war on crime has already resulted in the killing of thousands of people,” an excerpt of the magazine’s description of Duterte read.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin topped the list, while US president-elect Donald Trump placed second.

Topping the Forbes Most Powerful list are:

  1. Vladimir Putin (Russia)
  2. Donald Trump (United States)
  3. Angela Merkel (Germany)
  4. Xi Jinping  (China)
  5. Pope Francis (Roman Catholic Church)
  6. Janet Yellen (United States)
  7. Bill Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  8. Larry Page (Alphabet)
  9. Narenda Modi (India)
  10. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Aside from Duterte, other leaders who made it to the list were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (37th); North Korean President Kim Jong-Un (43rd); US President Barack Obama (48th); Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto (54th) and Canadian President Justin Trudeau (66th).

In 2013, President Benigno Aquino III was named among TIME Magazine's 100 most influential personalities.

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