Duterte ‘happy to slaughter’ drug suspects; mentions Hitler
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts.
Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in southern Davao city after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders and ways for their governments to fight transnational crimes. Duterte has said his public death threats against drug suspects are designed to scare them to stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users. But his latest remarks took that crime-busting approach to a different level. He said he had been “portrayed or pictured to be a cousin of Hitler,” without elaborating. “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews ... there’s 3 million drug addicts,” he said.