WORDS MATTER, DUTERTE TOLD AFTER ‘HITLER’ PARALLEL

US, Germany hit President’s remarks

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THE United States and Germany on Saturday criticized remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on drugs to Hitler’s efforts to exterminate six million Jews out of supposed frustration at being compared by critics with the hated Nazi leader.

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“I’ll stress that [the relationship between the US and the Philippines]has to be one that’s based on shared values, democratic values, respect for human rights, and words matter,” US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in Washington.

“And within that context, President Duterte’s comments are a significant departure from that tradition. And we find them troubling.”

US Defense chief Ashton Carter, in Hawaii for a regional security summit, also said Duterte’s comments were “deeply troubling” a day after saying ties between Manila and Washington were “ironclad.”

Calling out at critics portraying him as a “cousin of Hitler,” Duterte on Friday said he would be “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts, like what the Nazi leader did when he sent the Jews to the gas chambers.
“Hitler massacred three (sic) million Jews. Now there’s three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte told reporters in his home city of Davao shortly after returning from a visit to Vietnam.

“At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have,” he said, then paused. “But you know, my victims, I would like to be (sic) all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”

Carter said the remarks were not discussed at the summit.

But “speaking personally for myself, I find those comments deeply troubling,” the Pentagon chief said.
In Hawaii, Carter met his Philippine counterpart, Delfin Lorenzana, a former diplomat who lived for 14 years in Washington.

Carter said he had “very good” discussions with the Philippine Defense chief about the continuation of the two countries’ military alliance, which dates back more than 60 years, and which the Pentagon chief on Thursday said was “ironclad.”

Their meeting drew intense scrutiny following Duterte’s Hitler comments, and other remarks earlier this week in which he vowed to end joint military exercises with the United States to appease China.

The firebrand leader has also insulted US President Barack Obama and extended overtures to China, potentially upsetting the strong US-Philippine alliance.

Lorenzana declined to comment on Duterte’s comments when contacted by AFP.

‘Unacceptable’
In Berlin, the German government told the Philippine ambassador that the comments by Duterte likening his deadly crime war to Hitler’s efforts to exterminate Jews were “unacceptable.”

The German foreign ministry said in a statement Friday (Saturday in Manila) that it had asked the Philippine envoy “to come to the ministry for a discussion on this issue.”

“Any comparison of the singular atrocities of the Holocaust with anything else is totally unacceptable,” ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told reporters.

Germany, Europe’s top economy, has expressed serious concerns about Duterte’s crackdown, which has left more than 3,000 people dead in three months and threatened a breakdown of the rule of law in one of Asia’s most chaotic democracies.

‘Disrespectful’
In a separate statement, UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide Adama Dieng blasted the President’s remarks as “deeply disrespectful of the right to life of all human beings.”

He also called on the tough-talking leader to exercise restraint in the use of language that could “exacerbate discrimination, hostility and violence and encourage the commission of criminal acts which, if widespread or systematic, could amount to crimes against humanity.”

Dieng said Duterte should support the investigation on the spate of alleged extrajudicial killings of more than
3,000 drug suspects, to ascertain the circumstances of each death.

Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine urged the United States and the European Union – among the Philippines’ sources of technical and financial assistance – to send a strong message to Duterte that Manila “risks an immediate suspension of aid unless the abusive ‘war on drugs’ and its skyrocketing death toll comes to a halt.”

Amnesty International said Duterte has “sunk to new depths” with his extremely “distasteful” and “dangerous” outburst.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, head of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate project, said Duterte should apologize to the victims of the Holocaust for his “outrageous” and “disgusting rhetoric.”

US-based international Jewish group the Anti-Defamation League said the President’s comments were “shocking for their tonedeafness.”

“The comparison of drug users and dealers to Holocaust victims is inappropriate and deeply offensive,” said Todd Gutnick, the group’s director of communications. “It is baffling why any leader would want to model himself after such a monster.”

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  1. Optimistic on du30 government, I will see someday that many of his detractors could not believe that PRRD would be able to achieve much progress of the philippines in just 4 years of his reign as President.

  2. I refused to believe that Mr. Duterte (a lawyer at that) does not know the implications of his controversial statement liking himself to mass murderer Adolf Hitler. If he does not know, he must be crazy & stupid !!.

  3. “one that’s based on shared values (We USA – Master / You Philippines – Servants), democratic values (do as I say or I will have all the other nations gang up on you), respect for human rights (Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, etc. ), and words matter (George W Bush – nuff said)”

  4. Bonifacio Claudio on

    PRRD was angry for the obvious reason that there could not be any point of justification to be tagged “cousin of Hitler”. So you see that it was the media that first brought out the thing on Hitler. PRRD was just responding to the Media’s dirty parallelism of Hitler’s genocide to PRRD’s war on illegal drugs.

    PRRD was provoked to cite Hitler after media releases compared him to Hitler; also, after the media compared the numbers 3M, in all malicious intents against Du30 in all perversion of cause and effects as follows:
    — Hitler was happy exterminating 3M Jews whom he labeled to be of inferior race;
    — while Du30 said he would be glad to wipe out 3M incorrigible violent criminal illegal drug offenders for the good of the Nation & of the next generation of Filipinos.

    This is a manipulation of the conscript media – richly oiled by the Yellows & its oligarch cohorts — distorting facts to demonize the pro-poor PRRD to put him out of the presidency, so as to bring back the pro-rich Yellows to Malacanang.

  5. Philippines will become another Syria. After killing drug addicts he will start with the innocent people as well.

  6. All comments here are presuppositions without considering the realities in the Philippines, we have been ruled by elitist leaders with mouths silence by personal ambitions and controlled by western ideologies. So, we remain poor with US neocolonialism for a century backed by the union which GB had exited due to EUs unpalatable policies.
    We don’t want to be like the Latin American countries where drug syndicates control the government.
    The foul mouth of our president is known by us that it does no harm at all, his actions speaks louder for a peaceful Philippines.

    • I like your observation. Many of the so-called critics of PRRD cannot just believed of the way things are getting achieved insofar as the PRRD’s crackdown on illegal drugs is concerned.

  7. All comments here are presuppositions without considering the realities in the Philippines, we have been ruled by elitist leaders with mouths silence by personal ambitions and control by western ideologies. So, we remain poor with US neocolonialism for a century backed by the union which GB had exited due to EUs unpalatable policies.
    We don’t want to be like the Latin American countries where drug syndicates control the government.
    The foul mouth of our president is known by us that it does no harm at all, his actions speaks louder for a peaceful Philippines.

  8. All comments here presuppositions without considering the realities in the Philippines, we have been ruled by elitist leaders with mouths silence by personal ambitions and control by western ideologies. So, we remain poor with US neocolonialism for a century backed by the union which GB had exited due to EUs unpalatable policies.
    We don’t want to be like the Latin American countries where drug syndicates control the government.
    The foul mouth of our president is known by us that it does no harm at all, his actions speaks louder for a peaceful Philippines.

  9. Yonkers, New York
    02 October 2016

    With these recent outburst of criticism against him, I don’ t “hear” Little Tyrant Rodrigo Duterte cursing and cussing his “detractors” with his usual “PUTANG INA N’YO!” out of his excreta-laden mouth.

    Why his unusual silence?

    Is he finally afraid that the whole world will turn against him, not only for his uncouth and vulgar rhetoric, but, more seriously, for his paranoiac genocidal warrantless extrajudicial killing of those he and his “Berdugo” [executioner] PNP chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa SUSPECT of being involved one way or the other in the illegal drug problem, a ruthless orgy or mass murder which so far has netted 3,000 hapless victims?

    Not only turn against him. It is possible that a human rights organization will soon hail him as a mass criminal before the INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com

  10. A fine man making a fool of himself and the Philippines. So many voters and now so many doubters. This isn’t going the right way for the Philippines and dogmatic remarks only make matters worse. Come on Mr Pres. You have a choice. Great President or village idiot. Choice Sir, is yours..

  11. Let us create a scenario. The Russians and Chinese are coming to the Philippines.The Americans and the Europeans are getting out of the Philippines. The military is Russianized and Chinesized. Official language in the Philippines is changed from English to Russians and Chinese. We have the new Philippines. The Phil-Ams will not do Balikbayan anymore. They will just stay in America and instead they will tour in European and other Asian countries. Do you think this could happen? What would you feel?

  12. Simply……nasisira na ulo. Inde na nagiisip mabuti…asal mayor pa rin. Anyway we pray for guidance. Give him more time (half or a year will do)…and then let’s do it

    • What let’s do it? Are you insinuating for People Power 2 to be led by the yellow oligarch? If that happens, i’m afraid the nation will be divided because du30 Army will be ready for Mammoth Riot..

  13. Not all Filipinos voted for him. Only 16,601,997 did. He is a minority president and not every Filipino likes him. He is left-leaning, mentally unfit, uncouth mouthed former mayor. What you see (elected by some fools) is what you get.

  14. vagoneto rieles on

    “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” he said. The Nazis killed almost six million Jews, based on historical records.
    The ”cat is out of the bag”, finally. The President has not been accurate in what he says…in his ‘matrix’ earlier, and on the ‘Holocaust this time. He also intends to go on killing (slaughtering) street pushers and addicts. This madness isn’t just getting out of hand; actually, it looks like the country “going to hell in a hand basket”. I beg the President to please pause for a second and take stock of the situation. Does the solution logically address the problem?
    Then, again, it is not for us to tell a duly elected President how to run the country. There might be a desired objective that’s beneficial to the country; and a plan to achieve it. We just don’t know. Can he then please tell us so, for the sake of calm; and, so that business may plan ahead more confidently…

  15. Dear Mr Duterte

    Your war against drug addicts and criminals is
    acceptable – and, in fact, welcomed with open hands.

    But, do not compare this war with Hitler’s extermination
    of innocent Jews.

    It is a stupidity of the highest degree to compare with Hitler’s evils. You will be reviled
    for this misstep.

  16. manny Cuaresma on

    His intentions are good, but he is doing it the wrong way. He had his way while mayor of Davao and he thinks he can do the same for the whole country as president.
    He is alienating the west, who’s been there when the country needed help, and cuddling with Russia and China, who’s never been there for us.
    He is burying himself and taking the great country of the Philippines with him. Shame!

  17. Ignacio Balbutin on

    If the President is concerned for the well being of the filipinos, he should toned down his language and stop being so anti-west. Millions of filipinos will be out of jobs if the western countries will retaliate. However, the western countries should also try to understand the language of the President. President Duterte was able to say those things because of the word 3 million. There were 3 million jews massacred and there are 3 million drug addicts in the country, That’s all about it of the comparison. He has no intentions to belittle those 3 million jews who was massacred by Hitler

    • Watch out! hey yo REMEMBER that words matter as that one man was told, be careful in giving comments. Do not complicate things, if there are those being dragged by one man to hell, surely they are those who cannot turn away from drugs, drug lords, criminals and the evil ones. Watch out you might be entangled by the whipping rope of the Punisher. Let’s see in the future whether you would still criticize that one man.

  18. Richard Caroll on

    The American people are shocked and repulsed by the behavior of President Duterte, and the support the people of the Philippines has given for the indiscriminate murder of people addicted to drugs.

    If this is the true face of the Pinoy, the US should withdraw its assistance, and look to other countries in the region.

  19. Michael Richardson on

    Hitler committed one of the biggest mass violations of human rights in history. Millions of Jews who had NOTHING TO DO WITH DRUGS were exterminated. What are we to think.

    • Ignacio Balbutin on

      The comparison is only about the number 3 million ok, he has no intention to belittle the victims of the massacred jews and to compare himself with Hitler

  20. I’m curious as to why filipinos have elected a genocidal maniac who admires monster adolph hitler, boasts about gangraping a nun, adores monster adolph hitler, has the stated intention to murder three million people who prefer other drugs than liquor for their pleasure. I can tell just by looking at the man, ugly inside and out, that he gets drunk.

    Thing is that the philippines is poor, a third of the population surviving, not living, below the poverty line, 25% have no electricity, still living in the stone age in the 21st century and manilla a grotesque quagmire. A bloated population of 101 million people stuffed like sardines into a heavily polluted country the size of arizona which has a population of 6 million. So i guess the fact that dudirty wants to go on an insane slaughtering rampage could murder 50 million and have the appropriate population. The standards of education rank 65th in the world.

    So, clearly this thug who has the manners of a barnyard goat and the heart of a scorpion, calls the black president of the united states a “son of a whore’ with all the grace and tact of a hyena. His insane priority of waging civil war against his own people puts him in the company of such trash as assad and kim il jong un. indicate his favorite drugs are booze, glue and drano.

    This all puts the people of the philippines in a very bad light. How could you elect such a cruel and blatantly heartless and evil man and have any respect for yourselves as a people. You are living in a fascist state’s concentration camp waiting for your turns to be executed for your pleasures!

    As it turns out, starting a high tech fashion firm and considering setting up a manufacturing facility there…well, i’d as soon make business in hell. The filipinos are slipping into a state of demonic degeneracy by their own hand strangling itself, brutally uncivilized like club-wielding neanderthals, ugh. Grow up.

    • Ignacio Balbutin on

      hey how ignorant you are of the situation in our country and you have no right to interfere. Just look at your own backyard and see how worse u are as a human being. Mass murder are happening in your own country. By the way, we filipinos fully supported our President because he is only running after those criminals who were robbing, raping and killing even children. Those drug addicts who were killed fought it out with the police in a buy bust operation. Right now there are already footage of buy bust operation and its very clear that the authorities all go there to arrest them but those drug addicts and drug lords fought it out with the police. Our streets are safer now and even cleaner under Preisent Duterte.

    • Trebor Ongcagco on

      First, the reports that you were getting are deliberately twisted words by Mr. Duterte reported by the press. He did not curse Obama nor compared himself to Hitler. Why does he have 90% approval rating? Simple , our people will gladly prefer reading headlines like 3 drug pushers killed than 2 year old baby raped by an addict. Obviously you are a foreigner and you do not grasp the rampant criminality that grips this country prior to Duterte. These were swept under the rug during the previous administration as if it doesn’t exist. This problem will not reach this proportions if it is acted upon with conviction but it was neglected to the point that even law enforcers and politicians were drug traffickers and drug protectors.

    • Whoever and wherever you are Mr. Taz Delaney, you can visit the Philippines and we will shoulder your fare. Find it yourself, the reality here.

    • You are perfectly right. A big percentage of Filipinos are poor. Dutertes speeches came from gutter poor language so Pilipinos like that. Dirty talking and a thugie. This guy is going to sink this nation into a worm hole. Less than 100 days, so many bad things happen. 3000 plus dead.

  21. didiot is digging his own grave. it the bad mouth continue next year I think he will be gone by next year. I just have the strong feeling this guy is done next year.

    • Ignacio Balbutin on

      all the 16 million DDS will not let it happen. We will protect our President from any de-establizing agents.

  22. Duterte is trying his best to break ties with the West most likely because the Chinese government owns him.