Duterte tops TIME 100 Reader Poll

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist as he takes the center stage during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain on April 14,2017. REY BANIQUET  PRESIDENTIAL

The Time readers' poll of the 100 most influential people in the world, India's prime minister could not score even 1 percent of votes.

Duterte received 5 percent of the TIME 100 reader poll vote, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg each receiving 3 percent of the vote.

He was named by Time editors among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015 and Obama had written a profile for him for the magazine.

Modi was among the probable contenders for the yearly, however, he could not garner any "yes" votes at the close of the voting, with the polls showing he had got "zero per cent" votes.

The rest of the list which will include all 100 will be laid out for viewing on April 20.

Duterte became president of the Philippines in June after running on an anti-crime campaign, and shortly after assuming the presidency, he began a war on drugs.

In 2016, United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won the reader poll.

PRESIDENT Duterte, who had led the Time 100 Readers' Poll since it opened, was on top when it closed Sunday.

TIME 100 is the publication's annual list of the world's most influential people. US President Donald Trump garnered two per cent votes.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte is admired not just by Filipinos but also by global leaders because of his national agenda which focuses on prioritizing public interest and addressing the needs and aspirations of the poor.

"With or without the distinction, the president continues to be a hard-working government worker and faithful servant of the Filipino people", Abella said in a statement Monday.



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