After he was criticized for comparing himself to Adolf Hitler, the Philippines President apologized to the Jewish community. “There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered,” he said.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Jewish community yesterday (Sunday) for his remarks regarding his anti-drug policy and the Holocaust. This apology came after Duterte announced that he regrets that he compared himself to Hitler.
“There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered,” Duterte said during a live press conference.
“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.”
71-year-old Duterte said over the weekend that he would be happy to slaughter three million drug dealers as part of his anti-drug war. He added that some of his critics have even called him “a cousin of Hitler.”
“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have [me],” he said, pointing at himself.