By Noreen Jazul
Despite the number of controversies he was involved in, President Duterte was still the ‘big winner’ of 2016, CNN declared.
The chief executive was lauded for “subsequently upending, rethinking and reshaping the state of affairs.”
CNN mentioned Duterte’s fight against crime and drugs, and his declaration of a separation of foreign policy with the long-time ally US as some the highlight of the president’s year.
The Filipino leader was also commended for putting aside territorial disputes to pursue business deals with China.
The Japan Times, in its year-end review for CNN of Asia’s winners and losers, said that Duterte had the best year in Asia last year, stating his high approval rating.
“Duterte ended 2016 seeking to rebalance his nation’s ties, improve the life of the average Filipino and make the Philippines — a one-time economic and trade powerhouse — great again,” the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye was hailed as one of the individuals who had the worst year in Asia.