A new edition of the US publication Time Magazine features a cover image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungarian Prime MInsiter Viktor Orban under the headline “Rise of the Strong Men”
Interestingly, Putin, Duterte and Erdogan share another similarity as each was the leader of a prominent city before entering national politics. Putin once led the government in Russia’s second biggest city St. Petersburg, while Erdogan once a popular mayor of Istanbul and Duterte was the long serving mayor of Davao City.
“In the Philippines, a rising tide of violent street crime helped elect Rodrigo
Duterte, a former mayor who talked more like a Mob boss than a President, on his
promises to wipe out the drug trade with his own brand of justice.”