Politicians react to the Duterte-Hitler debacle

Politicians react to the Duterte-Hitler debacle

- President Rodrigo Duterte has once again stolen the attention of the world after making an analogy about him being the Philippines' Hitler in the ensuing drug war

- The statement has called forth reactions from all over the place, including lawmakers

- The Jewish community also reacted to the statement, and as of press time, reports claimed that the President has already issued an apology

On September 30, President Rodrigo Duterte upon his return from a trip to Vietnam, had made a reference to Hitler's Holocaust in reiterating his desire to beat illegal drugs out of the country.

Needless to say, the new addition to the President's colorful rhetoric has since earned mixed reactions - a combination of cheers and boos - for having likened his drug campaign to the infamous Holocaust.

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Politicians react to the Duterte-Hitler debacle

Among the many reactions to the statement had been that the president seemed to have gotten his data incorrectly. Reports had it that the president cited 3 million, but historians say that it was 6 million Jews that died from the Nazi's cruelty.

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Notwithstanding this insignificant bit of incorrect figure in Duterte's statement, his supporters found it necessary to defend him by saying that the president's remarks had been but a satirical denouncement of the 'cousin of Hitler' portrayal that he has been receiving.

Some others had tried to dispel the issue by saying that the analogy cannot be paralleled with the drug war as history would prove that in Hitler's time, the victims (the Jews) had been innocent.

One of his known supporters in Senate, Manny Pacquiao, had also gone to to the President's defense, and said that the President has been ordained by God to exercise discipline and authority among the Filipinos.

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Representative Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao said that the President seems to encourage the possibility of his "prosecution in international courts" for "crime against humanity.”

"Noble intentions can never justify genocide," and this 'announcement' may come back as a threat to "foreign investments," he warned.

Following Baguilat's lead, Kabataan party-list, through its representative, Sarah Elago, had expressed troubling possibilities over the controversial statement.

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In her statement, Elago had said that while this may just be another "hyperbolic remark" from the President, the threatening remark is tantamount to "genocide" and is much more troubling than his 'aspiration' to be the "Philippine Führer".

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Kabataan Party-list Sarah Elago's statement

Tom Villarin, representative of the Akbayan party-list, tweeted that nobody should be making jokes that allude to the Holocaust. He also underlined the power of words.

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The President's choice of language"has worsened” says Rep. Edcel Lagman.

The solon from Albay, had also claimed that by comparing himself to Hitler, Duterte had unwittingly admitted that he "condoned" the killings in the country.

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The Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) Edre Olalia had said that the audacity of Duterte's statement "is simply unjustifiable..."

Politicians react to the Duterte-Hitler debacle

Politicians react to the Duterte-Hitler debacle

On Sunday, Duterte issued an apology to the Jewish community for the Hitler debacle and explained that he had never intended for the Hitler reference to be derogatory.

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