Flag of PhilippinesAccording to a blog, Time Magazine featured an article by news director Marilou C. Martin entitled “Philippines: Most Stupid Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator.” The blog wrote:

“The overwhelming victory of a self-professed on-the-job trainee-cum-Senator in the recently held election in the Philippines cemented the country’s fate,” wrote Time’s news director Marilou C. Martin.

She added, “Falling for the diversionary tactics of an inexperienced candidate that saw her steer the issue away from her credibility to her skin complexion to make herself look like the underdog; gave us no choice but to bestow such title to a country, who was destined for greatness before the elections.”

“And yes, we intentionally all-capped the word stupid for added emphasis,” according to Martin.

While the blog post may have reflected the current political situation in the country, unfortunately, the Time Magazine cover is fake and the article does not exist. The blog was a satirical piece to mock Nancy Binay who ran for a senatorial seat without any political experience and using only the name of his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

You can read the full article of the satire here.