Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Jewish nation after comparing himself to Hitler last weekend.
Last weekend, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte compared himself to Hitler and said that he would have no problem exterminating 3 million drug addicts as part of his war on drugs. On Sunday, he apologized at a press conference and today (Tuesday), he spoke at a local synagogue and apologized to the local Jewish community.
“The President explained that the press put together the ‘juicy’ parts of what he said which were actually phrased differently,” an Israeli who was at the synagogue said. “Even before, we understood that his words were taken out of context. The respected members of the community were gathered and he apologized three times. He behaved in a noble manner.”
“He threw aside his speech and spoke from the heart,” added the Israeli community member. “It was a big gesture of respect, everyone was touched. Every time he apologized people clapped.”
Duterte at the synagogue Photo credit: Channel 2 News
“There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Germans,” Duterte stated at the press conference earlier this week. “I apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish [community].”
As reported earlier this week by JOL, 71-year-old Duterte said that he would “be happy to slaughter” 3 million drug addicts as part of his war on drugs. He added that critics had called him “a cousin of Hitler.” “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have [me],” he said, pointing at himself.