DAVAO CITY- Presidential son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has lauded the outcome of the "100 Most Influential Persons in the World" survey conducted by TIME Magazine, which was topped by President Rodrigo Duterte.
"The result showed an affirmation of how the world views President Rodrigo Duterte as a leader worthy of respect not just by the Filipino people but by all other peoples from other nations," the vice mayor said Monday night.
He added the result was also an indication that the President "has the trademark of a good leader that citizens from other countries desperately look for."
"We Filipinos should be proud that we have a president who is admired by other nations," the younger Duterte said, as he called on Filipinos to support the programs and services of the Duterte administration.
"We must rally behind President Duterte and continue to support him for his mission to make the country more progressive and at par with more developed countries. That is the least we can do for all the sacrifices that he is doing now," he said.
In a post on its website on Monday, TIME Magazine said President Duterte won the 2017 TIME 100 poll after consistently leading the survey.
"Duterte received five percent of the total yes votes in the poll, which closed Sunday night," the magazine said, explaining that the poll asked readers who should be included in this year's TIME 100, an annual list of the world's most influential people.
Following President Duterte in the poll were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
The Duterte family is also hoping that all the sacrifices of the President will be appreciated by all Filipinos, not just the 16 million who voted for him last year, the vice mayor said.
He said he told his father to "keep up the good work" and prayed that God will give the President more strength to continue serving the Filipino people.
Source: Philippines News Agency