Duterte apol­o­gises to Jews for Hitler re­mark

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MANILA: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ( pix) has apol­o­gised to the Jews “pro­foundly and deeply” for his re­marks about Adolf Hitler in re­la­tion to his war on drugs.

Duterte said on Fri­day that he was will­ing to kill three mil­lion drug ad­dicts and push­ers and com­pared him­self with Hitler, spark­ing out­rage from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

“I would like to make it clear now, here and now, that there was never an in­ten­tion on my part to dero­gate the mem­ory of six mil­lion Jews mur­dered by the Ger­mans,” Duterte said.

“It’s not ac­tu­ally that I said some­thing wrong, but rather, I do not re­ally want to tin­ker with the mem­ory. We know that. So I apol­o­gise, pro­foundly and deeply, to the Jewish (com­mu­nity),” he said on Sun­day at a fes­ti­val.

“I said I will kill three mil­lion ad­dicts. It had noth­ing to do (with the Jews).”

On Fri­day, Duterte lamented that his crit­ics had por­trayed him as “a cousin” of Hitler.

“Hitler mas­sa­cred three mil­lion Jews,” he said in a speech.

“Now there are three mil­lion drug ad­dicts (in the Philip­pines). I’d be happy to slaugh­ter them.”

Some six mil­lion peo­ple per­ished in the Holo­caust, most of them Jews.

“At least if Ger­many had Hitler, the Philip­pines would have ...” he said, point­ing to him­self.

“You know, my vic­tims, I would like (them) to be all crim­i­nals to fin­ish the prob­lem of my coun­try and save the next gen­er­a­tion from perdi­tion.”

Duterte has re­cently re­ceived in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism for ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in his cam­paign against drugs. – dpa

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