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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    View attachment 52560 When comparing yourself to world leaders or historical figures, there are perhaps less controversial choices than Adolf Hitler.

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened himself to the Nazi leader, saying he wants to kill millions of drug addicts, just as Hitler killed Jews during the Holocaust.
    "Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there is 3 million, what is it, 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines), there are," he said in a speech in his hometown of Davao City.

    "I'd be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have (me). You know my victims, I would like (them) to be all criminals, to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition."

    History counts the cost of Hitler's purges against "undesirables" at 11 million, 6 million of whom were Jews.

    World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, in Israel to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, condemned the remarks.

    "These statements are revolting, and President Duterte must retract them and apologize," Lauder said. "We just marked the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar, the massacre of more than 33,000 Jews in Ukraine by Nazi Germany. ... Now, the elected leader of the Philippines openly calls for the mass murder of people who are addicted to drugs.

    "Drug abuse is a serious issue. But what President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life."

    The controversial leader campaigned on a hard line against crime, particularly drug offenses, and has in the past uttered statements which have caused many in the international community to recoil.

    Hard Line on Crime

    Since taking office in June, Duterte has stood by his promise to crack down hard on crime, with hundreds of suspected drug users killed by his police force, alongside hundreds of others deaths attributed to vigilante killings.

    Police have made thousands of arrests and have implemented a controversial "knock and plead" policy of visiting suspected drug users at their homes and inviting them to register as users with their local community officials.
    Duterte is currently embroiled in Senate hearings, defending himself against accusations of police wrongdoing for the drug deaths and claims that he operated death squads in Davao, where he served as mayor for two decades.

    Life inside the Philippines' most overcrowded jail

    View attachment 52561 Duterte himself confirmed the claims during a regular live weekly TV show broadcast locally in the Philippines last year.

    "Me? They are saying that I'm part of a death squad? True, that's true," he said in a mix of English and Visayan, a language spoken in southern Philippines, before threatening to kill thousands more criminals and dump them into Manila Bay if he was elected president of the Philippines.

    He later retracted the statement, but has admitted to killing two kidnapping suspects on a police raid while mayor.

    Who said it: Duterte, Trump or Putin?

    His political ally, the boxer and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao, had Duterte critic Senator Leila De Lima removed as chair of the Justice and Human Rights Committee.

    De Lima has long sought to have Duterte officially investigated over alleged death squad killings in Davao, and rights groups have denounced his apparent "impunity." Duterte has stepped up his attacks on her in recent weeks.

    Showdown at the top of Philippines politics: What you need to know

    History of Controversy

    Duterte is no stranger to making outrageous comments. He's joked about not being able to join the gang rape of an Australian missionary, cursed out the Pope, called both US President Obama and the US Ambassador to the Philippines a "son of a bitch," and told police they can kill drug dealers if they fight back.

    When discussing the pontiff, he said that the traffic caused by Pope Francis' visit to the country had angered him.

    "We were affected by the traffic. It took us five hours. I asked why, they said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the Pope. I wanted to call him, "Pope, (swear words), go home. Do not visit us again," he said.

    Discussing Obama while in Laos for an ASEAN summit earlier in September, he said: "Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people."

    He also declared, "Son of a bitch, I will swear at you," though he later claimed that remark was directed at a journalist and not at Obama.

    On Thursday, he told members of the Filipino community in Hanoi that he would be ending joint Philippines-US military drills after the exercises scheduled for early October.

    Duterte: What is he accused of?

    Duarte: EU, US Hypocrites

    After the Hitler comparison, Duterte went on to defend himself against criticism from the US and EU, which have expressed concerns about Duterte's war on drugs and allegations of extrajudicial killings.

    "You, US, EU, you can call me anything, but I was never into or I am never into hypocrisy like you. Close your doors and when there's time, there are migrants escaping from the Middle East," Duterte said.

    "You allow them to rot. And then you're worried about the deaths of a one thousand, two thousand, three thousand?

    "That's why if you were in my position, why would you not curse? You are portrayed or pictured to be some, a cousin of Hitler, and yet do not even bother to find out to investigate this."

    Opinion: Obama needs to speak out on Philippine killings

    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the number of deaths in the Holocaust. Eleven million died, 6 million of whom were Jews.




    By Euan McCirdy - CNN/Sept. 20, 2016
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/30/asia/duterte-hitler-comparison/
    Photos: Hannah DeJeto, ap
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. ILUVDRUGS420
    Damn, bad time to be in the phillipines.
  2. mer kaba
    I was thinking about posting this on here. Rodrigo Duterte really caught my attention a while back when he commented on a well publicized gang rape.
    "But she was so beautiful, I think the mayor should have been first. What a waste."
    I don't believe this is some tongue and cheek comment.
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    I remember the quote you`re referring to, Mer Kaba. I also remember Duarte telling this young, blushing bride that to really thrill and honor her, he should "have" her before her husband on her wedding night. The guuy is an obvious class-A creep.

    There`s another long thread with multiple Duarte news stories to it, but as it was gettng really lengthy so I decided to start another thread on th Philippines for this update story. Here`s the link to the original:

    https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=289958e
  4. monkeyspanker
    Oh my!! How can we stop this madman?? He's unbelievably hostel and just plain batshit crazy :rolleyes:

    Yet, the Phillipines are one of our closest allies of the US, this requires a deft hand.

    I'd like to hear more from the people of the Phillipines on this. Can they really, truly still support this guy?
  5. Beenthere2Hippie
    Duterte Retracts “Happy to Slaughter” Millions Statement in Midst of Criticism

    [IMGL=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=52616&stc=1&d=1475424496[/IMGL]Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apologized for the comparison of his campaign to eliminate drug use in his country to the Holocaust.

    Duterte on Friday compared his plan to kill millions of drug dealers and drug users to Adolf Hitler’s extermination of six million Jews during the Holocaust.

    “The president recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience especially their tragic and painful history,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Saturday in a statement, CNN reported. “We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust — that deep midnight of their story as a people.”

    The statement said Duterte drew an “oblique conclusion, that while the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the future generation of Jews, drug-related killings as a result of legitimate police operations … will nevertheless result in the salvation of the next generation of Filipinos.”

    In his speech on Friday, which was roundly condemned by Jewish groups and Jewish and Israeli leaders, Duterte said: “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts. … I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte told reporters Friday, GMA News reported. Duterte misspoke on the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust, however.

    Duterte was addressing critics who have compared him to Hitler for his “war on drugs,” which has left over 3,000 Filipinos dead since he took office in July.

    Abella also said that the president “deplores the Hitler allusion of President Duterte’s anti-drug war as another crude attempt to vilify the president in the eyes of the world.”

    This is not Duterte’s first controversial statement as president. After President Barack Obama criticized the Philippines government’s mass detention of drug dealers in August, Duterte called him a phrase that has been widely translated as “son of a whore.”

    The United Nations and the European Union also both oppose Duterte’s drug war tactics. Many of the related killings have been carried out by vigilante groups, who target names on police lists — which may or may not be accurate — and, according to the Washington Post, leave bodies on the sides of roads with signs that read “pusher.”


    Jewish Telegraph Agency/Oct. 2, 2016
    http://www.jta.org/2016/10/02/news-...comparing-campaign-against-drugs-to-holocaust
    Photo: Erik De Castro, reuters
    Newshawk Crew
  6. hunterhoffman
    He is a disgusting excuse for a human being, let alone a president.

    If he seriously follow through with this "drug war" then he and his country should be treated the same as Germany and Hilter were. Taken over and controlled.
  7. hunterhoffman
  8. scartissue_68
    I'm wondering how he has survived being assassinated by Filipino Drug Lords. Surely, the illegal drug business works in the Philippines, much as it does around the world. The black markets for drug distribution are truly "Black"...full of actual "Bad Guys". Duterte's tactics have to be causing an economic downturn in the drug trade. Mexican Cartels, Gangs in US cities, Afghani Kingpins (and many more examples) are killing each other over very small territories in order to protect their "business".

    Drugs can't be stopped by even the most insane violence, but competition for and those who profit from illegal drug sales are always in jeopardy of being eliminated. Duterte is only a new form of competitor...except he control the whole country, not just a street-corner.
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