The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Jewish community on Sunday for the comparison of himself with Hitler and the fight against drug traffickers – with the Holocaust, reports Reuters.
“I didn’t mean to desecrate the memory of six million murdered Jews. I deeply apologize to the Jewish community. The problem was that I was criticized for the comparison with Hitler”, – quotes Duterte RIA “Novosti”.
According to the Philippine President, he used this comparison to demonstrate how it is trying to put opponents. “I was treated like I was Hitler who killed many people”, – he explained.
The sentence about Hitler Duterte previously responded to the words of the critics who consider his methods of extrajudicial executions by brute force. The President of the Philippines, said: “Hitler killed three million Jews. The Philippines has three million drug addicts. I would be happy to kill them. If Germany was Hitler, the Philippines is…” – here Duterte made a dramatic pause and with a gesture pointed to himself.
Duterte known for outrageous statements and using strong language in their political speeches. He was called “son of a bitch” the Pope (then apologized), U.S. Ambassador and later us President Barack Obama, promising that “how to pour”. After, in an attempt to disown his words about Obama, he casually called a “fool,” UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon. Duterte also said that the Philippines can withdraw from the United Nations in response to criticism of methods of fight against drug traffickers.
Duterte became the 16th President of the Philippines, won the election in may of this year, making a programme for the fight against drugs. Then he announced the beginning of “the Philippine war” and vowed to kill tens of thousands of criminals involved in the distribution of a controlled substance.
According to the UN, since joining Duterte as President of the Philippines June 30, 2016 in the country has killed about 1,000 people involved in the drug trade. UN experts say that many are killed during the arrest.