By Manila Bulletin Online
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been named one of the top most-powerful people in the world by New York-based Forbes Magazine.
The magazine zeroed in on Duterte’s pivot away from the country’s “century-long strategic alliance with the U.S. towards China and whose voice is increasingly heard far outside of Asia.”
In its description of Duterte, Forbes said: “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.
Forbes’ list of The World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most. Russian President Vladimir Putin retains the top spot on Forbes’ eighth annual ranking of http://The World’s 74 Most Powerful People (p. 62 of the December 30 Forbes magazine issue).
Fresh off his election victory, President-elect Donald Trump seizes the No. 2 slot, up from No. 72 in 2015 when he first appeared on the list. The jump from No. 72 to No. 2 is the biggest leap ever seen on the list. Other notable entries that are associated with Donald Trump include Vice President-elect Mike Pence (No. 69) and Blackstone Group CEO, Stephen Schwarzman (No. 52), who has been named to the president-elect’s panel of economic advisors. Several Trump donors are on the list as well, including newcomers Sheldon Adelson (No. 72), CEO, Las Vegas Sands, and Peter Thiel (No. 73), Partner, Founders Fund.
Other newcomers to the list include Theresa May, Prime Minister, U.K. (No. 13), replacing the former prime minister, David Cameron, who was ranked last year; Khalid Al-Falih, Oil Minister, Saudi Arabia (No. 49); Bashar al-Assad, President, Syria (No. 63); Bob Iger, CEO, Walt Disney (No. 67); Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator, Minority Leader (No. 74), and Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader, Al Qaeda (No. 71).
“Forbes’ list this year of The World’s Most Powerful People reflects rapid and profound change happening around the globe. The biggest trend this year is likely the rise to power of Donald Trump, as well as the increasing power of his supporters and allies,” says Forbes Contributing Editor David Ewalt.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany (No. 3), remains the world’s most powerful woman. Barack Obama, the current President of the U.S., was ranked No. 3 in 2015 and dropped to No. 48 on this year’s list, as he is leaving office in January. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (No. 10) is the youngest person on the list.
Four factors were taken into account to select each of the World’s Most Powerful People: how many people they have power over; the financial resources they control; if they have influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their power to change the world. Source: http://Forbes.com/Power