Sorry, hack writers! Castelo says TIME poll win shows Duterte is viewed positively

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Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Winston Castelo believes that President Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the 2017 TIME 100 readers’ poll only proves that the Western media’s “demolition job” against the Filipino leader was unsuccessful.

“Despite Western media’s efforts to discredit Duterte and the Philippines because the war on drugs, much of the world continue to take notice of the Philippines in a positive rather than negative light,” the poltiko said Tuesday, April 18.

“We are gaining confidence and generating positive investor interest. Let’s keep it up,” added Castelo, who chairs the Committee on Metro Manila Development.

Duterte, who has been slammed by foreign media for launching a bloody war against illegal drugs, received 5 percent of the total “yes” votes in the annual poll.

The controversial Digong beat the likes of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg in the survey, which closed on Sunday.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella dubbed writers of the New York Times as “paid hacks” for running very critical pieces on the Duterte administration’s handling of the anti-drug drive.

Abella went as far to say that such foreign media outlets want Duterte ousted.