Philip­pine pres­i­dent apol­o­gizes to Jews for Hitler com­ment

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte apol­o­gized to Jews world­wide Sun­day af­ter his re­marks draw­ing com­par­isons be­tween his bloody anti-drug war and Hitler and the Holo­caust sparked shock and out­rage.

The tough-talk­ing Duterte said his apol­ogy was in­tended only for the Jewish com­mu­nity. He lashed out again at Western crit­ics and hu­man rights ad­vo­cates who have raised con­cerns over his bru­tal crack­down, which is es­ti­mated to have left more than 3,000 sus­pected drug deal­ers and users dead in just three months.

Duterte said in a speech that he never had any in­ten­tion “to dero­gate the mem­ory of the 6 mil­lion Jews mur­dered by the Ger­mans.”

On Fri­day, Duterte raised the rhetoric over his anti-drug cam­paign to a new level by com­par­ing it to Hitler and the Holo­caust and say­ing he would be “happy to slaugh­ter” an es­ti­mated 3 mil­lion ad­dicts in the Philip­pines.

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