Duterte now wants to kill 3 million in dope war
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. –
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.