PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte topped TIME magazine’s annual poll for its list of the world’s most influential people.
In the poll, readers were asked who should be included on this year’s TIME 100.
Duterte received 5 percent of the total “yes” votes, consistently leading the survey which started in March and closed on Sunday, April 16.
Following Duterte in the poll results were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. They each all got 3 percent of the total “yes” votes.
In a statement, Malacañang credited the poll results to Duterte’s “national agenda.”
“What makes President Rodrigo R. Duterte so admired by Filipinos and international leaders alike is his national agenda — he has prioritized public interest first and foremost, especially the needs and aspirations of the poor and common people,” Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
Abella then made note of Duterte’s three-point agenda, citing “prosperity for all, restore trust in government; [and] build a fair and equitable society.”
“With or without the distinction, the president continues to be a hardworking government worker and faithful servant of the Filipino people,” he further added.
In December last year, Duterte was also included in Forbes Magazine’s Most Powerful People list, ranking 70th.
Likewise, the latest Social Weather Stations survey results show that Duterte still enjoys a “very good” satisfaction rating for the first quarter of 2017 despite both local and international criticisms against some of his policies, particularly on his controversial war against illegal drugs.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Russian President Vladimir Putin lead the reader poll in 2016 and 2015 respectively.
The final TIME 100 list, which would be selected by publication’s editors, is slated to be announced on Thursday, April 20.