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Asia’s Best Year 2016 goes to Duterte

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A Palace official on Thursday, January 5, welcomed the Japan Times article carrying the CNN story stating Asia’s Best Year goes to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It’s heartening to know that certain media agencies are able to notice the good things the President is doing,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

Abella was reacting to the opinion story wrote by international news network CNN writers Curtis Chin and Jose B. Collaso hailing President Rodrigo Duterte as Asia’s big winner in 2016.

The article was carried by Japan Times, which is the most widely read English language newspaper in Japan.

“For now, the Philippine leader’s unconventional moves seem a harbinger of things to come. This is no pivot to China, but a disruption of the old normal,” the article read.

“Rodrigo Duterte ended 2016 seeking to rebalance his nation’s ties, improve the life of the average Filipino and make the Philippines — a one-time economic and trade powerhouse — great again. And for that Asia’s Best Year goes to Duterte,” it added.

Just very recently, Duterte was also named Person of the Year for 2016 by the Chinese Magazine Yazhou Zhoukan, the equivalent of Time magazine in the Chinese-speaking world.

On the contrary, the CNN named impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye as one of the individuals who had the worst year in Asia in 2016.