Duterte is Philippine's most googled person: Time magazine

Duterte is Philippine's most googled person: Time magazine
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport on October 16, 2016.
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President Rodrigo Duterte was the most googled person in the Philippines this year, according Time magazine reported.

In the article "See the Most Googled Person in Each Country in 2016″, Duterte was tagged as "known for waging a deadly war on drugs."

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President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit to Singapore

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte poses for selfies with Filipinos living in Singapore after an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    The Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a hybrid orchid named after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, at an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    ilippines President Rodrigo Duterte poses with the Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a hybrid orchid named after him, during an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte looks at the Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a hybrid orchid named after him.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong receiving His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of The Republic Of The Philippines on 16 December 2016.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of The Republic Of The Philippines at lunch hosted by PM Lee on 16 December 2016.

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    Group photo at lunch hosted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of The Republic Of The Philippines on 16 December 2016.

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    Mr Bernard Carpio, 40, took time off from work and came here with his wife and two children to show his support for President Duterte.

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    Event volunteers taking a group picture with a standee of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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    Members of the Filipino community arriving at Singapore Expo.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is in Singapore for a two-day visit.

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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) with Singapore President Tony Tan at the welcome ceremony held for the former at the Istana.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) meets with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the Istana on 15 December 2016. Mr Duterte is on a two-day state visit to Singapore.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    The Philippine President is on a 2-day visit to Singapore.

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    Mr Duterte's visit to Singapore is his first since he took office in June.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte inspects an honour guard with Singapore's President Tony Tan at the Istana in Singapore on December 15, 2016.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte prepares to inspect an honour guard with Singapore's President Tony Tan at the Istana on December 15, 2016.

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    Mr Duterte inspects an honour guard in a welcome ceremony for him at the Istana.

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    After the welcome ceremony, Dr Tan will host a State Banquet in honour of his Philippine counterpart.

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    On Dec 16, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will host Mr Duterte to lunch.

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    During his visit, the Philippine President will also meet Singapore business leaders and have an orchid named in his honour at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Time collated search-engine information from Google and enumerated the top-searched names this year. The list included only living personalities.

Many singers and actors emrged as their respective countries' top-trending persons. In Iraq, Mohammed Al-Saleh, famous for his song "Qalb Qalb" was the country's most frequently searched personality. In Guatemala, it was Argentine model and TV personality Horacio Pancheri, and in Thailand, it was Soong-Jong-ki, a South Korean actor who played a leading role in the blockbuster drama "Descendants of the Sun."

Some controversial politicians, aside from Duterte, also topped their countries' Google searches, including Brazil's former head of state Lula da Silva and disqualified Peruvian presidential candidate Julio Guzman.

Several athletes made it to the list of top searched persons, such as Olympian swimmer Joseph Schooling in Singapore, baseball player Yulieski Gourriel in Cuba, and football sensation Alireza Mohammad in Iran. Also, cycling multi-medalist Mariana Pajon was Colombia's most-searched individual on Google.

American personalities also dominated Google searches outside of the US, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Morocco, model Gigi Hadid in Montenegro, actress Angelina Jolie in Tunisia, chanteuse Celine Dion in France and tech mogul Bill Gates in Nepal.

However, it was US President-elect Donald Trump who ignited colossal curiosity from internet users around the globe. Trump ranked first among many Google searches in 88 nations, "far more places than anyone else in the world," Time said.

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