While President Duterte is likely to top the Time’s 2017 Most Influential People, Robredo’s name is making controversy.
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and Philippine Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo were removed from the lists of nominees for the Forbes 2017 Most Influential Women, the decision was confirmed by the paper’s editorial board after a series of deliberation, as reported internally on Friday.
The removal of the names of the two top-ranking Asian politicians coincides with Park’s arrest and detention on Thursday, but the board of editors stated that it has nothing to do with the court’s decision on Park’s graft cases.
Park was included in most lists of powerful and influential women in the past two years, but saw her political career ended when charges of graft were gaining on her.
On Robredo’s part, this is the first time that the newly-elected vice president’s name was included shortly on the lists of nominees before the board of editors decided to drop Mrs. Robredo for unspecified reason.
The board only stated that in Robredo’s case, they cannot allow people to vote for nominees who are involved in international controversies (citing Robredo’s controversial UN video).
The Forbes lists of nominees include well-known women like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Michelle Obama, Melinda Gates, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson (the lone celebrity), Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen, and other business executives and philanthropists.
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