PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte made yet another controversial remark Friday as he lashed out against critics of his war on drugs, this time saying he was willing to walk in the footsteps of Nazi leader Führer Adolf Hitler and slaughter three million drug addicts.
According to reports, the firebrand Filipino politician said this upon arriving in southern Davao city after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders among other issues.
Duterte reportedly noted the concerns raised by international groups over his crime-busting methods and said he was portrayed by some to be the “cousin of Hitler” for pushing ahead with the crackdown on drug criminals, according to GMA News.
But unfazed, he went on to say: “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
Historians say that six million Jews were killed by the Nazis under Hitler before and during World War II.
“At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have… 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 added.
Duterte’s latest outburst comes following calls by the United States and the European Union for his administration to comply with universal standards on the rule of law and due process in relation to the deaths attributed to the war on drugs.
“Kayong US, EU, you can call me anything but I was never into or I am never into hypocrisy like you,” Duterte said.
Referring to the refusal of some countries to allow Syrian refugees into their territories, Duterte said: “You close your doors. It’s winter time. There are migrants escaping from the Middle East. You allow them to rot and
The former Davao city mayor added: “You allow them to rot and the you’re worried about the deaths of about one thousand, or two thousand, or three thousand?”
Duterte, who was once dubbed as “The Punisher” by Time Magazine, is currently facing international heat for his nationwide crackdown on drugs, a campaign that has led to the deaths of over 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users since his ascension to presidency in June. Some 600,000 others have also surrendered for fear of being killed in the crackdown.
Despite growing alarm, however, Duterte says he won’t stop the campaign.
Additional reporting from the Associated Press