By Fred Lobo
President Duterte has topped the 2017 Time online poll for the world’s 100 most influential people of the year, prompting Malacañang to promise more reforms and good governance.
War on drugs to be accompanied by more “Dutertenomics” for a better life, the Palace vowed.
Time, in a website article, attributed Duterte’s popularity to his “aggressive war on drugs.”
The Punisher’s controversial anti-drugs campaign scored points internationally.
However, Time noted that with the more than 8,000 people killed in the Philippines, “the controversial anti-drug campaign has inspired growing opposition from human rights groups and some political leaders, including Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo.”
That’s the other side of the coin.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella explained that the President is admired by Filipinos and international leaders alike because “he has prioritized public interest first and foremost, especially the needs and aspirations of the poor and common people.”
Duterte’s three-point agenda is prosperity for all, restore trust in government, and build a fair and equitable society, Abella cited.
Time, starting with a short list of candidates last March 24, asked readers who should be included on this year’s Time 100, the publication’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.
Duterte maintained his lead from the beginning and ultimately received 5 percent of the total “yes” votes in the poll, Time said.
Duterte was followed in the poll by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, each with. 3 percent of the total “yes” votes; then by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, singers Rihanna and John Legend, US President Donald Trump, actors Emma Stone, and Viola Davis, each with 2 percent of the total “yes” votes.
DU30 surprisingly shone in an array of world’s top personalities.
The President jested earlier that he led in the poll because of his infamous swearing at prominent personalities, like former US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis.
Duterte has not paid his way to the top of the online poll as some alleged, the Palace added.
Abella lamented that “certain members of the establishment continue to manipulate media here and abroad in the hope of regaining lost power and influence.”
No to bashing, yes to DU30 survival for PH sake, he pleaded.
Meanwhile, the DU30 administration formally unveiled its economic and social development blueprint following the country’s fiscal boom resulting from peace and order efforts.
More “Dutertenomics” involving accelerated infrastructure spending, progressive reform package, and improved social services and development programs,” said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Medialdea pointed out in an economic forum that the administration saw the need for a “structured plan…to harness the onrush of economic activity naturally resulting from a more orderly society,”
The President started with a “simple yet pragmatic economic strategy” of combatting illegal drugs and crimes, bringing peace to Mindanao, and neutralizing terrorist and extremist groups, he said.
“The concept is easy to understand: Restore peace and order and the rule of law and everything else will follow including economic and social development,” Abella said.
“Almost a year has passed since the new administration took the reign of government…(now) there is a heightened sense of security among the citizenry and enhanced confidence in the business community,” he added.
Under the Dutertenomics, Medialdea explained that the government will continue with policies that successfully contained inflation, stabilized foreign exchange, and attracted foreign investments.
Special attention will also be given to overseas Filipino workers who have become reliable source of national income, he said.
Abella added that a government “Build, Build, Build” portal or www.build.gov.ph is now open to track down infrastructure projects which would be “corruption-free.”
Yes to Build program sans corruption for PH growth and national progress.