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Duterte among ‘strongmen’ leaders in TIME cover story


By Katherine Marajas

President Rodrigo Duterte was among the “strongmen” leaders on the cover of TIME magazine’s May 14, 2018  international edition.

TIME magazine

TIME magazine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were also featured in the cover story which was written by American political scientist, Ian Bremmer.

Part of the TIME article “Rise of the Strongman” reads: “In every region of the world, changing times have boosted public demand for more muscular, assertive leadership. These tough-talking populists promise to protect ‘us’ from ‘them.’ Depending on who’s talking, ‘them’ can mean the corrupt elite or the grasping poor; foreigners or members of racial, ethnic or religious minorities.”

“Or disloyal politicians, bureaucrats, bankers or judges. Or lying reporters. Out of this divide, a new archetype of leader has emerged. We’re now in the strongman era.”

The article also described Duterte as “a former mayor who talked more like a Mob boss than a President, on his promises to wipe out the drug trade with his own brand of justice.”

“We’re now in the strongman era,” the article reads.


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