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17 Apr, 2017 09:10

‘The Punisher’ Duterte wins TIME’s 2017 most influential person poll

‘The Punisher’ Duterte wins TIME’s 2017 most influential person poll

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been voted by TIME readers as the magazine’s most influential person of 2017.

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.

The online poll asked readers who should be included on this year’s TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. Duterte was leading the poll for much of the voting, which closed Sunday night.

TIME editors will decide the final TIME 100 influential list, which will be announced on April 20.

Duterte, nicknamed ‘The Punisher,’ has carried out a lethal anti-drug campaign since coming to power in June, which has seen over 8,000 people killed.

The Philippine leader has become notorious for his controversial statements about world leaders and the church, among others.

In March, TIME reported that “Duterte has been known to use social media to promote his agenda and has reportedly paid people to push him to popularity online.”

READ MORE: ‘Don’t f**k with us!’: Duterte’s most virulent insults about his fiercest critics

In 2016, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the reader's poll, while Russian President Vladimir Putin won in 2015.