Madness in the Pacific

Jack Smith, News Reporter

The President of the Philippines has issued a statement saying that he would like to “slaughter” the three million drug addicts that reside in the Philippines. He even compared himself to Adolf Hitler. This may sound crazy to almost everyone else in the world, but it would seem that to Rodrigo Duterte it is honorable.

“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.”
World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, was in Israel to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and he condemned the remarks.
“These statements are revolting, and President Duterte must retract them and apologize,” Lauder said. “We just marked the 75 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.” Continued President Lauder.
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.
As you can see the statement by President Duterte has angered a lot of people and they are saying he needs to take back what he siad and apologize for it. It has angered a large majority of people that he would compare himself to Adolf Hitler who was a monster.
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