President Rodrigo R. Duterte apologized on Sunday to the Jewish community for equating his intensified war on drugs to Adolf Hitler’s extermination of the Jews before the Second World War.
”I apologized profoundly and deeply to the Jewish country,” Duterte said in his speech during the opening of the 37th Masskara Festival in Bacolod City.
Duterte explained that it was never his intention to hurt the feelings of the Jewish community when he reacted to his critics who compared him to Hitler, Germany’s dictator leader from 1934 to 1945.
In his arrival speech last Friday at the Davao International Airport from his two-day visit in Vietnam, Duterte noted that Hitler massacred millions of Jews, “now there are 3 million drug addicts, I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
”Kasi ang sabi ng mga tao, ito si Duterte, Hitler ito, killer ito. E di sinabi ko rin sa airport pagdating ko, o si Duterte ako, killer ako. Nag-react ang Jewish community all over the world,” Duterte explained. (“The people said this Duterte is Hitler, this is killer and so I said in the airport when I arrived, all right I am Duterte, I am a killer. The Jewish community all over the word reacted.”)
”I would like to make it clear now that there was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of six million Jews murdered by the Germans,” he added.
Duterte vowed to continue his intensified campaign against illegal drugs which ruin the future of many Filipinos.
He said there is no law prohibiting the President from threatening the criminals. PNA