Duterte now wants to kill 3 mil­lion in dope war

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PHILIP­PINE Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte re­fused to back down over his stated de­sire to slaugh­ter mil­lions of peo­ple, as global con­dem­na­tion built against him liken­ing his crime war with Hitler’s ef­forts to ex­ter­mi­nate Jews.

Mr Duterte on Septem­ber 30 drew par­al­lels with the Nazis’ mass mur­der of Jews and his anti-drug crack­down, which has left more than 3000 peo­ple dead and raised con­cerns about the rule of law crum­bling in the Asian democ­racy.

Mr Duterte’s spokesper­son in­sisted the pres­i­dent did not want to be com­pared with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler but con­firmed he was pre­pared to kill 3 mil­lion peo­ple in his crime war.

“We do not wish to di­min­ish the pro­found loss of 6 mil­lion Jews in the Holo­caust,” pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said.

“The pres­i­dent’s ref­er­ence to the slaugh­ter was a de­flec­tion of the way he has been pic­tured as a mass mur­derer, a Hitler, a la­bel he re­jects.”

Nev­er­the­less, Mr Abella con­firmed Mr Duterte had in­tended to say he wanted to kill mil­lions of peo­ple in the Philip­pines to achieve his mis­sion of erad­i­cat­ing il­le­gal drugs.

“Mr Duterte was ref­er­enc­ing to his ‘will­ing­ness to kill’ 3 mil­lion crim­i­nal drug deal­ers – to save the fu­ture of the next gen­er­a­tion and the coun­try,” Mr Abella said.

Mr Duterte had raised the ex­am­ple of Hitler’s geno­ci­dal cam­paign against Jews as he talked about his ef­forts to ex­tin­guish the il­le­gal drug trade in the Philip­pines.

“There are 3 mil­lion drug ad­dicts [in the Philip­pines]. I’d be happy to slaugh­ter them,” he said.

“At least if Ger­many had Hitler, the Philip­pines would have,” he said, then paused. “But you know, my vic­tims, I would like to be [sic] all crim­i­nals to fin­ish the prob­lem of my coun­try and save the next gen­er­a­tion from perdi­tion.”

The United States, a for­mer colo­nial ruler of the Philip­pines and, un­til Mr Duterte’s as­cen­sion, its most im­por­tant ally, con­demned his Hitler com­ments.

“I’ll stress that it [re­la­tion­ship] has to be one that’s based on shared val­ues, demo­cratic val­ues, re­spect for hu­man rights, and words mat­ter,” US State Depart­ment deputy spokesper­son Mark Toner said in Wash­ing­ton.

“And within that con­text, Pres­i­dent Duterte’s com­ments are a sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from that tra­di­tion. And we find them trou­bling.”

US De­fence Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter also de­scribed Mr Duterte’s com­ments as “deeply trou­bling”.

The United Na­tions spe­cial ad­viser on the preven­tion of geno­cide, Adama Dieng, warned that Mr Duterte may be in dan­ger of com­mit­ting crimes against hu­man­ity. –

Photo: AFP

Po­lice ex­am­ine para­pher­na­lia taken from sus­pected drug push­ers and users, in­clud­ing Moises Payawal (in yel­low), num­ber five on the po­lice watch list, dur­ing an op­er­a­tion in Manila on Septem­ber 30.

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