• President Rodrigo Duterte disagreed to TIME Magazine’s article saying that he’s a “Mob boss”
  • The three other figures on the cover are Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip and Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Rodrigo Duterte reacted to TIME magazine’s May 14 international edition after labelling him as “Mob boss”, as per a story by Inquirer.

“Sa TIME Magazine, isa raw ako sa strongmen. Hindi naman ako strongman,” Duterte said in a speech during the 37th Principals Training and Development and National Board Conference Program in Davao City. [TIME Magazine says I was one of the strongmen. I am not a strongman.]

He further corrected TIME’s connotation about him by saying, “I have never sent anyone to jail,” he added.

Duterte continued by saying, “Kailan pa ba ako naghari-hari sa Pilipinas? [When was the time I acted like a king in the Philippines?] I won the presidency by six million because for most of the people, I was the only one carrying the message appropriate for the time.”

The basis of TIME’s description to the President was during his time as a former Mayor of Davao. The magazine said that Duterte “talked more like a Mob boss than a President, on his promises to wipe out the drug trade with his own brand of justice.”

The cover title reads: “The Rise of the Strongman” by Ian Bremmer.

The three other figures on the cover are Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip and Russian President Vladimir Putin.