NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – TIME Magazine has issued an apology to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the omission of his name in the 2017 List of 100 Most Influential Persons in the World.
Readers were shocked that Trudeau, who came in second in the online poll conducted by TIME, was not among those officially named by TIME. Instead, Philippine Senator Leila de Lima who was not even named in the initial list of possible candidates for the recognition, suddenly gained a spot among the 100.
TIME explained that the mess was due to some technical error involving the precinct count optical scanner (PCOS) machine it used to tabulate the votes. “The SIM card we used for the tabulation apparently already had de Lima’s name on it,” TIME said.
The PCOS is the exact same system used during last year’s Philippine Presidential elections which resulted in an electoral protest by defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos. Leni Robredo won the election by a very slim margin.
TIME regrets the error and will issue an addendum to its announcement, deleting de Lima’s name and adding Trudeau’s.
All’s well that ends well.