By: Elena Grace Flores
The tough-talking Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could not be so furious hearing about the EU comparing him to Adolf Hitler. He said as per video: If you were in my position, why wouldn’t you curse?. (Translated in English) You’re portrayed or pictured to be some… a cousin of Hitler. And you do not even bother to find out, to investigate.”
Embracing the Comparison for Humor
The tough-talking president then apparently embraced the comparison and said that if Hitler massacred millions of Jews, he would do the same to millions of drug addicts in the country. But it does not mean he will do it!
The big “IF” – If Germany had Adolf Hitler
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts in the Philippines. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…Duterte. (Assumingly).
Only for Criminals
Duterte added, “You know, my victims, I would like to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition,” he said. He can bluff that he would like to but as a lawyer, he knows he can’t.
Shaming Filipinos, Not Him
Duterte added that while the comparison to Hitler may have been all right if he was still city mayor, making the comparison now that he is President puts all Filipinos to shame. It’s okay with me. I am used to politics; he said.
Hitler Label not Appropriate
History counts the cost of Hitler’s purges against “undesirables” at six million, the vast majority of whom were Jews.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella clarifies Duterte’s controversial comments.
Duterte meant no Harm to Jews
Abella said the President meant no harm, as he was just addressing the negative comparison people have made between him and Hitler.
“The President’s reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects,” Abella said in a statement. He also did not attack the Jews nor say they are criminals or drug addicts. He was simply referring to the big “IF” he can kill the bad guys in the Philippines.