Updated 10:15 AM PHT Fri, April 21, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) — TIME Magazine has released the names of those included in their list of the 100 most influential people of 2017.
Two are from the Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte, and the other is one of his staunchest critics, Senator Leila De Lima.
According to TIME, the annual list "explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown," and said choosing this year's list was "complicated."
TIME explained how they came up with the list, saying they sought the counsel of personalities previously included in the roster. Readers also had the chance to choose who made the cut, polling readers by asking which people they felt should be included.
An online poll was opened on TIME's website in March.
On April 17, Duterte won the reader's poll, with five percent of the total votes. De Lima was not in the list of people included in the poll, however, TIME said their editors would "choose the final list of honorees."
Duterte was included in the list of honorees under "Leaders," and his profile was written by César Gaviria — the former President of Colombia.
Gaviria previously commented on the administration's war on drugs, saying, "Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse."
Duterte rejected Gaviria's comments, saying the country's drug problem is different from the one faced by Colombia, as they dealt with cocaine, not shabu — which he says is more destructive on human brain."
In his piece for Time, Gaviria said, "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."
De Lima was listed as an honoree under "Icons," and the profile on her — written by Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — said, "Senator de Lima has become Duterte's most vocal critic — a role her friends call suicidal."
Power added even while in jail, De Lima continues to make her voice heard: "It's not O.K. with me that we have a murderous psychopath occupying the highest post in the land."
See the complete list of TIME's list of 100 Most Influential of 2017 here.