Filipina Criticized for Joining Anti-Duterte Rally Among Time's Most Influential Teens
MANILA, Philippines (First published Nov. 2, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.) A Filipino high school student who was criticized online for protesting the clandestine burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery has been named by Time magazine as one of its 30 most influential teenagers of 2017.
Time lauded Shibby De Guzman, 14, for speaking against the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has conducted a relentless and bloody campaign against illegal drugs, despite the dangers this posed.
De Guzman shot to prominence last year after she was photographed joining a protest organized by her school slamming the surreptitious burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite widespread human rights abuses during his rule from 1965 to 1986.
Time cited the fate of people or institutions who dared to speak out against Duterte or his policies.
The Philippine leader told politicians from the European Union to go to hell for raising concerns over the reported human rights violations attending his drug war.
He also branded Oxford University, which is regularly included on the list of the world's best educational institutions, as a "school for stupid people" following its release of a study showing that he was employing an army of trolls to suppress dissent. (www.philstar.com)