Philippine President Says He had be "Happy To Slaughter" Drug Addicts

"Now there are three million drug addicts".

Speaking at a press conference in his hometown of Davao, where, as mayor, he honed his ruthless approach to crime fighting, Duterte said, "If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have.", and then he pointed at himself.

He appeared to quickly change tack, however, and welcomed the comparison.

"Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them", Duterte said Friday after discussing his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has invoked Nazi Germany in his latest outburst. The president has refused to back down or apologize for his violent policies, saying that scare tactics were necessary to solve the country's trafficking and drug abuse problems.

His comments triggered shock and anger among Jewish groups in the United States, which will add to pressure on the USA government to take a tougher line with the Philippines leader.

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While Hitler's victims were innocent people, Duterte said his targets are "all criminals" and that getting rid of them would "finish the (drug) problem of my country" and "save the next generation from perdition".

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Digital Terrorism and Hate project, added that "Duterte owes the victims (of the Holocaust) an apology for his disgusting rhetoric".

The Anti-Defamation League, an worldwide Jewish group based in the United States, said Duterte's comments were "shocking for their tone-deafness". "I'd be happy to slaughter them". "It is baffling why any leader would want to model himself after such a monster".

He invited the United States, the United Nations and the European Union to investigate his action, as long as Philippine laws are followed. "Imagine that, I will be facing. even the worldwide court for genocide", he said.

Duterte made the connection between his campaign to kill suspected criminals and the Holocaust during a speech in Davao on Friday morning.

"You - U.S., EU - You can call me anything". It's winter time. There are migrants escaping from the Middle East. "You allow them to rot and you're anxious about the death of about one thousand, or two thousand, or three thousand?" he asked.

  • Sonia Alvarado