Duterte apologises to Jews for Hitler remark
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