Duterte apologized for the “slipping words”

06/10/2016
Mr. Duterte has to apologize to the Jewish community for comparing himself as Adolf Hitler and his narcotics crackdown as the Holocaust in the time of the Nazis.


The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apologized “profoundly and deeply” to Jewish community on Sunday, and said his references to the Holocaust while discussing his war on drugs was to hit back at critics who had likened him to Adolf Hitler.
“I would like to make it now, here and now, that there was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered,” he said.
“The reference to me was, I was supposedly Hitler, who killed many people.”
He added: “I apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community…it was never my intention, but the problem was I was criticized, using Hitler comparing to me.”
Mr. Duterte said that his sorry was only for Jewish community. He also condemned the West and human rights organizations for expressing concern about his narcotics crackdown, which has killed 3100 people since Duterte took office three month ago.
He said on Friday he had been portrayed by critics as being “a cousin of Hitler” and said he would “be happy to slaughter” three million Flipino drug users and peddlers.
His saying has surprised a lot of people that he had compared the objectives of his narcotics crackdown as Hitler’s innocent victims.
The saying has also caused him a big trouble because of bad affects to many countries and organizations. The German government has condemned Duterte’s saying “unacceptable” and summoned the Philippines Ambassador to Germany to ask about the saying of Mr. Duterte.
“It’s unacceptable to compare anything to the brutality of the Holocaust.” The spokesman of Germany Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
Chairman of the World Jewish spokesman, Ronald Lauder, said the Duteter’s saying was “frightening” and requested Duterte to withdraw his words and apologize the Jewish community. “His saying is not only very cruel, but also has shown no regard for the life of humanity. It’s unacceptable to the selected leader of a democratic country,” Lauder said.
Deputy Director of the Human Rights Watch in Asia, Phil Robertson  said that he cannot understand there is someone who can liken himself as “one of the most terrible killer in the history of humans.”
In Robertson’s opinion, if Hitler was living now, he would be sentenced the crime against humanity. And “That’s what Duterte want? He wants to be taken to the International Criminal Court? He is already on the way.”
Previously, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the US had expressed the concern over Duterte’s saying./.

The Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933 - when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany - to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry.
The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the “Final Solution” (Endlosung).
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Pack Cassiopian 6/10/16 22:01

It was a terribly wrong comparison between his anti-drug campaign and Hitler and the Holocaust

John Smith 6/10/16 22:02

Duterte is a strange politician with a lot of strange saying and ideas

Love Peace 6/10/16 22:07

I don't agree with his policy to conduct the anti-drug war in the Philippines

Gentle Moon 6/10/16 22:10

It's unbelievable that more than 3,100 people have been killed since Duterte took office three months ago

Deck Hero14 6/10/16 22:13

the Jewish people must be respected, especially whenever talking about the Holocaust, their most painful in the history

LawrenceSamuels 6/10/16 22:18

he can't do more than apologize. He has a lot of big mistakes!

MaskOf Zero 6/10/16 22:20

I think he is trying to seek understanding for his tough image.

Jane smartnic 6/10/16 22:24

He had vented his frustration at human rights groups and what he called "stupid" lawyers of the European Union.

Only Solidar 6/10/16 22:26

Duterte wants a new way in the relationship with the US and EU,

yobro yobro 6/10/16 22:31

Duterte's policies as the President of the Philippines have caused controversy not only in this country, but also all over the world, especially in human rights-related issues.

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