MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III is one of the world’s 100 “most influential people” in the annual TIME 100 list.
Howard Chua-Eoan, TIME Magazine’s news director, described Aquino as a courageous President, who “became the face of the regional confrontation with Beijing over its claim to virtually all of the South China Sea.”
“It is a brave stance, the long-term consequences still unknown,” he wrote.
Chua-Eoan also poked fun at the nickname of one of Aquino’s sisters, saying it should be given to him instead.
“For his courage…he really should have the pet name the family gave his eldest sister Maria Elena: Ballsy,” he said.
Aquino was also lauded for stabilizing the country’s “sputtering economy.”
The TIME 100 list is made up prominent individuals, ranging from artists to leaders to icons in various fields.
Aquino joined US President Barack Obama, South Korea President Park Geun-hye, China President Xi Jinping, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, and Pope Francis, among others, on the prestigious list.