Because yes, the failure of the press screwed up the Filipino people.
Time didn’t allow itself “to be used”.
The rabid pro-Duterte supporters, just like your typical Filipino, thought that making Duterte win in a poll – commissioned by a reputable FOREIGN publication, especially one antagonistic to the president – would validate that they chose “the right person”. So sino nagpauto? Who are the mindless zombies who voted na di nag-iisip?
“Influential” doesn’t necessarily mean in a good way; that Time 100 poll also did feature Hitler and Stalin – 2 of the history’s most bloodthirsty authoritarians – after all. What’s worse, who got to write the articles on the featured persons was beyond anyone’s control but Time’s.
There’s no other nice way to say it, pero na-Duterte ang mga ‘tards. Pro-Duterte people don’t need to convince anybody that they’re fine, when it’s terribly obvious that they’ve been embarrassed YET AGAIN.
I thought this was pretty cool. I would just like to add that my experience flying with Emirates was generally pleasant, if not wonderful.
During 2014 Rizal day celebrations…
Compared to his appearance on an Esquire Philippines cover, I’d say this is a bit more “fitting”.