Duterte ranks 69th in Forbes 'Most Powerful People' list

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President Rodrigo Duterte.

Updated to include statements from Malacañang.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — After being called a strongman, President Rodrigo Duterte was featured anew as part of "The World's Most Powerful People" in 2018.

Duterte placed 69th in Forbes' list of 75 influential people. On its website, Forbes said the list selects one person out of every 100 million "whose actions mean the most."

Forbes' report on Duterte took note of his anti-illegal drug campaign — which has resulted in "the killing of thousands of people" — and his "raw and vulgar vocabulary" against his critics.

The Palace, in a statement, said that true source of power is the people.

"As Chief Executive for almost two years, he has faithfully served our people by promoting the interests of the Filipino people and the Filipino nation first," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque said the Duterte administration's "pro-poor policies and programs" advance the welfare of the Filipino people."

The Presidency, in the mind of (Duterte), begins and ends with public trust where real power emanates," he added.

Taking the top spot in 2018 is Chinese President Xi Jinping, followed by Russian president Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Putin and Duterte made it on the cover of TIME magazine as strongmen.

Xi broke Putin's streak in the list as he was featured in the top spot for four consecutive years.

Also in the top 10 are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Pope Francis, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Google CEO Larry Page.

A panel of editors from Forbes ranks the candidates and scores are averaged into the individual rankings.

"This year's list comes at a time of rapid and profound change, and represents our best guess about who will matter in the year to come," Forbes said.