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File photograph. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte topped TIME Magazine’s Readers’ Poll for the TIME 100 Most Influential People, however TIME picks Duterte critic to write his profile


(Eagle News) — While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte topped the Readers’ Poll for TIME Magazine’s prime 100 listing, the one who did his profile, former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, wrote a really critical piece towards the 72-year outdated leader and lectured him on what he ought to do.

Duterte was among the many TIME’s prime 100 most influential figures on this planet, alongside together with his staunchest critic, detained Senator Leila de Lima who was listed among the many 20 “icons.”   Duterte was listed among the many 24 world leaders chosen by TIME

But the profile written for Duterte in TIME Magazine hit him and his unlawful drug marketing campaign.

And the particular person tapped by TIME to write the piece — Colombian President Gaviria — is a leader of the Liberal Party of his nation who was known as an “idiot” and “stupid” by Duterte in February for lecturing him on how to run the drug battle within the Philippines.

Gaviria is National Director of the Colombian Liberal Party from 2005 to 2009.

From his first paragraph on Duterte’s profile, Gaviria set the tone of his piece on TIME Magazine– hitting the Philippine leader for his battle on medicine some two months after he was known as an “idiot” by the particular person he was now tapped to describe.


The photo of President Rodrigo Duterte used by TIME Magazine and the byline of former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria who wrote the critical profile on the Philippine leader.
The photograph of President Rodrigo Duterte utilized by TIME Magazine and the byline of former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria who wrote the critical profile on the Philippine leader.

Former Colombian President claims Duterte has an “ill” grasp of historical past

The former Colombia’s president mentioned in his write-up on Duterte: “‘Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there are 3 million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,’Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ President, has said. His approach is as ill considered as his grasp of history (more than half of Hitler’s 11 million victims were Jewish). ”

Last February, Gaviria, who served because the President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994 wrote a New York Times opinion piece saying that Duterte was “repeating my mistakes.”

In response to this, Duterte mentioned the previous Colombian leader was “stupid” for saying that he knew higher than him on the Philippine drug battle.

“This former president is boasting that I am committing the same mistake,” he mentioned. “That is only possible, Mr. Ex-President, if I am as stupid as you, I said. But unfortunately, I am not” Duterte mentioned then of Gaviria.

And when TIME obtained Gaviria to write the accompanying piece on Duterte, he was once more criticizing the Philippine president.


(File photo) Former president of Colombia Cesar Gaviria taken on January 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOAQUIN SARMIENTO
(File photograph) Former president of Colombia Cesar Gaviria taken on January 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOAQUIN SARMIENTO


Liberal Party leader Gaviria repeats Robredo’s figures

“Since Duterte’s inauguration last year, some 7,000 people have been killed,” Gaviria wrote in his TIME profile for Duterte, repeating the unsuitable statistics on these killed within the drug battle that had additionally been cited by Vice President Leni Robredo.

Like Gaviria, Robredo is a Liberal Party leader, and is in reality the LP chairman within the Philippines.

On the TIME piece on Duterte, Gaviria added: “His ironfisted strategy alarms governments, human-rights organizations and faith-based groups while winning high approval ratings at home.”

“When I was President of Colombia, I was also seduced into taking a tough stance on drugs. But after spending billions, I discovered that the war was unwinnable and the human costs were devastating. The cure was infinitely worse than the disease,” he mentioned.

“There are solutions that work. Duterte could start by treating drugs as a health, human rights and development issue. He could prosecute the most violent criminals and provide treatment for users rather than condemn them to prison, or worse. There will always be drugs in the Philippines, whether the President likes it or not. The tragedy is that many more people are likely going to die as he learns this lesson,” Gaviria wrote.

President Duterte earlier known as Gaviria an “idiot”

President Duterte had earlier lashed at Gaviria for criticizing him in February, calling him an “idiot.”

“Colombia has been lecturing me, that idiot,” Duterte mentioned in a speech in February on the 115th anniversary of the Bureau of Customs, referring to Gaviria.

But opposite to what Gaviria had mentioned, the Duterte administration additionally has applications to deal with and rehabilitate drug suspects who’ve surrendered, and even for those that had been arrested.

PHL has remedy, rehab program for drug dependents

One such program by the Department of Health or treating and rehabilitating unlawful drug dependents, consists of ethical and social reformation for drug dependents.  For this, it has tapped the Iglesia Ni Cristo to assist the federal government.

The DOH signed the memorandum of settlement with the INC final February to assist within the ethical reformation of 1000’s of unlawful drug dependents who had been rounded up by authorities, and are actually present process rehabilitation.

DOH assistant secretary Dr. Elmer G. Punzalan, head of the Task Force Mega-Rehab Program, and INC General Secretary minister Radel Cortez, signed the MOA on behalf of the federal government and the INC, respectively.

Punzalan mentioned he has sought the assistance of the INC as a result of he believes the Church has confirmed itself to ship “solid results” with regards to altering and renewing the lives of individuals, and in making them productive members of the group.

The DOH has not less than 15 rehabilitation facilities for unlawful drug dependents.

24 World Leaders in TIME 100’s listing

There are 24 world leaders included in TIME 100’s Most Influential Figures.  They are the next:  Theresa May,  Narendra Modi, Chuck Schumer, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Assange, James Comey, Kim Jong Un, Reince Priebus, Xi Jinping, Rodrigo Duterte, Stephen Bannon, Theo Epstein, Tom Perez, Vladimir Putin, Wang Qishan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  Sandra Day O’Connor, Catholic Pope Francis, General James Mattis, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Juan Manuel Santos, Major General Qasem Soleimani, and Melinda Gates

(File photo) Philippine Senator Leila De Lima (C), a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is escorted by police officers and her lawyer Alex Padilla (R, in white long sleeves) after her arrest at the Senate in Manila on February 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
(File photograph) Philippine Senator Leila De Lima (C), a prime critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is escorted by police officers and her lawyer Alex Padilla (R, in white lengthy sleeves) after her arrest on the Senate in Manila on February 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE


De Lima amongst listed “icons” of TIME

Meanwhile, Senator De Lima was listed among the many class “icons” together with figures from sports activities, vogue, literature, politics, civil rights, pictures, and performing amongst others.  The “Icons” had been a various lot together with a civic leader, a vocal immigrant and a famous drag queen.

These are the celebrities whom TIME categorized as “icons”: Simone Biles, Ashley Graham, Cindy Sherman, John Lewis, Margaret Atwood, Colin Kaepernick, Jeanette Vizguerra, Neymar, RuPaul, Raf Simons, Biram Dah Abeid, Leila de Lima, David Adjaye, Gretchen Carlson, Fatou Bensouda, Thelma Aldana, Fan Bingbing, Viola Davis, Raed Saleh, and Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista.


Obama’s former US ambassador to UN writes glowing profile for De Lima, hits Duterte

Unlike the profile for Duterte, the TIME write-up for De Lima was all praises for her, full of glowing phrases.

It was written by Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, throughout the time period of former US President Barack Obama.

The article by Power, an Irish-American educational, writer and diplomat, was additionally critical of Philippine President Duterte. In reality, her jump-off level in praising the woman senator was a criticism of Duterte. She cited how Duterte insulted the Catholic Pope and her former boss, US President Barack Obama.

Power began of with this: “Leila de Lima knew with whom she was dealing. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (dubbed “Duterte Harry”) has insulted Pope Francis, instructed U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and expressed remorse he didn’t go “first” in a gang rape.”

(File photo) Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks during a discussion at the Atlantic Council on
(File photograph) Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks throughout a dialogue on the Atlantic Council on “The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.” on January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP.  Power wrote a glowing profile of Philippine senator Leila De Lima for the TIME 100 Most Influential Figures

Power additionally cites unsuitable stats on drug battle

Power additionally repeated the customarily used unsuitable statistics beforehand dished out by Duterte critics like Robredo and De Lima on the variety of folks killed within the drug battle — the 7,000 quantity that had been disputed by police authorities.

She wrote: “Since last June, when Duterte took office, some 7,000 people have been killed in his merciless anti­drug campaign. Most opposition politicians have kept their heads down, knowing Duterte is both terrifyingly brutal and massively popular.”

Power continued: “But Senator de Lima has become Duterte’s most vocal critic—a role her friends call suicidal. Last August de Lima convened a hearing on Duterte’s drug-war killings, featuring devastating testimony from a former hit man. Duterte allies stripped de Lima of her Justice Committee chair. In February she was jailed.”

Obama’s former UN consultant additionally criticized De Lima’s imprisonment.

“It is a disturbing testament to the current solidarity among strongmen and the global surge in impunity that de Lima’s cause has not been more embraced. And yet, even from prison, she continues to speak out against her President: ‘It’s not O.K. with me that we have a murderous psychopath occupying the highest post in the land’,” Power mentioned ending with a quote from De Lima hitting Duterte.

De Lima claims she is “humbled” by TIME recognition

Detained senator De Lima issued an announcement on her being included within the listing of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Figures, notably on the listing of “icons.”

“I am deeply humbled for being recognized by Time magazine as an Icon among their 100 Most Influential people in the world,” De Lima mentioned in an announcement launched Friday.

De Lima’s assertion even had a hashtag notice on the finish: #FreeLeila and #WorldisWatching

The senator additionally confused how this “international recognition” of her combat was necessary.

“This is why international recognition of what we fight for is important, because even as darkness surrounds us now, the world keeps watch and shines a light on us, until the time comes when we can finally bear our own torch once again and chase away the monster that enslaves us in evil,” she mentioned.

Palace notes TIME Magazine’s bias towards Duterte

Malacanang however, noticed, how TIME was lopsidedly in favor of De Lima, whereas writing negatively about Duterte

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned TIME even “conveniently failed” to point out De Lima was jailed by an impartial court docket which discovered possible trigger for her alleged unlawful drug connections.

“In the case of Senator De Lima, Time conveniently failed to clarify that she was jailed not for her criticisms against the administration but because an independent court found probable cause in support of the criminal charges against her for alleged violation of the law on illegal drugs,” Abella mentioned.

“The fact remains that President Duterte is supported by majority of the Filipinos in his campaign against illegal hard drugs, crime and corruption,” he identified.

Source: eaglenewsph