PHILIPPINES: President Compares Himself To Hitler, Says He’d Be Happy To Slaughter Millions Of Drug Users

Reuters reports:

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would “be happy” to exterminate three million drug users and peddlers in the country.

His comments triggered shock and anger among Jewish groups in the United States, which could add to pressure on the U.S. government to take a tougher line with the Philippines leader. Duterte recently insulted President Barack Obama and in a number of remarks he has undermined the previously close relationship between Manila and Washington.

In a rambling speech on his arrival in Davao City after a visit to Vietnam, Duterte told reporters that he had been “portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler” by critics. Noting that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews, Duterte said, “There are three million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have …,” he said, pausing and pointing to himself. “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.”

More from the Associated Press:

Germany’s government slammed Duterte’s comments as unacceptable, and called in the Philippine ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over the matter. “It is impossible to make any comparison to the unique atrocities of the Shoah and Holocaust,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer in Berlin.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said Duterte’s remarks were “revolting” and demanded that he retract them and apologize. “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 that is truly heartbreaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country,” Lauder said in a statement issued from Jerusalem, where he was attending the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres.

Philippine Rep. Teodoro Baguilat wondered if the president was suggesting that “it’s open season now for all addicts, no more rehabilitation, just kill them systematically like what the Nazis did with the Jews.” He expressed fears that Jewish businesspeople might boycott the Philippines.

Since taking office, Duterte’s police squads have reportedly executed thousands of alleged drug users and dealers.

  • crewman

    Trump to announce his admiration and support for Duterte in a press conference any day now.

    • Bluto

      The deplorables love ’em.

  • Lazycrockett

    He seems nice.

  • Michael R

    Where is his ” Make Philippines Great Again ” hat ?

    • Palmer

      They’re being made in Vietnam Nam, to avoid the high wages of Philippean workers.

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    • Princess Lardass

      Up his ass. His words and actions lead me to believe the hat got lodged during one of the many times his head was up there.

  • SoCalVet

    Where is the CIA when we need them?

    • Friday

      People wonder why we put up with Ymelda Marcos, is all I can say.

  • He seems nice.

  • Rex

    Another hero for Trump!

  • Rex

    I’ll bet he owns casinos and golf courses too.

  • cheakamus

    And what exactly is the Catholic Church saying about this man?

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  • Friday

    What a fucking moron. The Philippines have been practically leveled by successive record typhoons, now he wants to get Trump elected in hopes he’ll shower a rebuild on the Philippines if only ‘one of the brown people’ murders millions of his own citizens?

    Frankly, here’s where we decide how we really feel about isolationism.

    • bambinoitaliano

      That country has been in ruined forever. Thanks to the Marcos.

      • ShawnSwagger

        The Marcos were good friends with the Reagans, as I recall.

      • Friday

        Except I mean, like with the storms, literally. practically levelled in a lot of places.

    • Dicky

      That is essentially the Filipino position for support of Republicans: that they will become an outside investor in order to funnel money into the country. It is either naive about or participating in the massive amount of graft and corruption in the Philippines.

  • Rex

    Don’t give Donald any ideas

    • PLAINTOM

      You think his alt right buddies haven’t already made suggestions ?

  • Palmer

    I wonder how many of these “drug-users” are his political enemies?

    • bambinoitaliano

      For someone who scream this loud, he is in bed with the local drug cartel.

      • OdieDenCO

        the law and order candidate how flouts the laws and sow disorder

    • douglas

      Many. He is trying to paint a woman Senator as a drug kingpin because she has spoken out against him. She will most likely be found dead one day. She is so brave to speak out. He has created a climate of fear but so far most filipinos don’t care as long as “most” of the dead are criminals. I am here waiting for the Canadian embassy to approve my Husbands sponsorship (any day now) so I can get him and our two dogs out of the fucking shit hole of a country.

      • Palmer

        I hope you succeed. This is looking like a bloodbath in the making.

  • Blake J Butler

    O/T: Married Louisiana conservative politician outed dating 17 year old boy kissing in mall bathroom.

    http://www.thegailygrind.com/2016/09/30/married-conservative-politician-outed-dating-17-year-old-boy-kissing-mall-bathroom/

    • Friday

      Sad. These Christian conservatives would apparently rather treat people like excrement, then be hypocrites about it, then raise ‘bathroom panic’ against others, than treat someone gay right.

    • Sam_Handwich

      kind of odd that LA law would have allowed them to fuck legally …. but what’s being applied here is a federal law about texting

      • madknits

        Age of consent is 17 in LA. So he isn’t a pedophile, though in just about every other state he is.

    • MB

      Another closeted man hiding behind the safety of a Catholic marriage. Sad he has to hurt his wife and child by being a deceitful douche. How many other times has he been a duplicitous douche and cheated with other young men? A disgrace to the US Naval reserve.

      • BobSF_94117

        Closeted men are now a disgrace? What’s the cut-off for “should have come out of the closet”? 1970 1980 1990 2000? And is it the same everywhere?

        • MB

          Disingenuuous/duplicitouos closeted men with a
          conservative political agenda who campaign and vote against LGBT rights and equality > Yes they ARE a disgrace.
          They don’t get a special pass for being a duplicitous douche just because they MIGHT eventually come-out. Even though he (according to the 17 year-old) was upfront with the boy about his marriage and family, cheating and duplicity are NOT honorable.

          • BobSF_94117

            Well, 1) we have established whether he had an anti-gay record and 2) one of the stories talks about one of the boys knowing about the wife and kid. Seems like he was pretty up-front with them about his duplicity, as you put it.

          • MB

            Okay then, THAT makes his behavior perfectly fine ???

            GEEESH.

          • BobSF_94117

            It, perhaps, makes him something not quite as loathsome as you suggest.

          • Corsair Tact

            Um, what? One of his victims knows the family? This is being up-front? This is, actually, quite common in these cases. Most victims of child abuse know their abuser. It makes it very hard for them to ask for help. I don’t get your point here.

          • BobSF_94117

            Knew ABOUT the family. One of the articles as Qweerty said one he had told at least one of the boys that he was married and had a family, was a pol, and had to be discreet.

            Child abuse? It may be caddish to seduce a 17yo, but it’s not “child abuse”. Besides, the one thing apparently missing from this story is actual sex.

    • bambinoitaliano

      The NC bathroom law could come in handy. Not!

    • PLAINTOM

      If you want to protect children keep them as far away from self proclaimed “Good Christians” as possible.

    • Kissing in a public toilet. How very fucking romantic.

      • ShawnSwagger

        errr…. umm… ahem… it’s possible that I might have done that on one occasion, so I can’t really talk.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        For a conservative politician from Louisiana? That’s VERY romantic.

      • Cuberly

        It used to be the American Standard.

        (Ok, that may be a little too obscure….)

        • EweTaw

          Nope. That’s what is fired in the skin on my butt,

          • Cuberly

            lol…

      • Octoberfurst

        But remember–transgendered people in the public restrooms are the danger! They’ll be kissing your kids in the stalls and —-oh–wait.

    • Uncle Mark

      Clutch the pearls….errr….rosary !!

  • another_steve

    He sounds nice.

    We Jews are used to this kind of rhetoric. We hear it all the time from far-leftists who decry the spilling of Palestinian blood but are totally silent with regard to the spilling of Jewish blood.

    Nothing new here.

    • Friday

      Soooo…. we should be silent when this guy expects approval for flipping off Obama and promising to kill millions?

      • another_steve

        No, of course not.

        We should recognize it as another manifestation of chronic undifferentiated anti-Semitism, and deal with it accordingly.

        • Friday

          I think you’ll find that is not what the ‘far-left’ or for that matter most American Jews I know are criticizing the current right wing Israeli government over.

          • another_steve

            That said, there is a deeply, deeply anti-Semitic vein in the rhetoric of the far-left, when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

            Analysts and intellectuals have referred to it as “The New Anti-Semitism.”

          • Brianna Amoré

            Man, you are WAY off base.

          • TuuxKabin

            As usual, he’s way into the bottle.

          • westford

            Brianna. On the other hand, I think he’s exactly right. Israel has committed atrocities (and owns up to that), but continues to commit illegal acts; such as permitting and even pushing the occupation of Palestinian lands. It’s mostly due to the power of right-wing ultra-religious groups in their society and government. Israel must find the will to change that and there are many Israeli voices for change.

            If you are talking about the very existence of Israel, YOU are WAY off base. Read some history you are obviously ignorant of. Read about holocaust survivors who had absolutely no place to go except Palestine after the war – like 2 women (my first cousins once removed) who even fought with the Lithuanian resistance, but who had NO home to return to in Lithuania and just the clothes on their backs. And no, the US was not allowing Jews in at that time. And they were among the majority of survivors.

          • Alyssa

            so you think it’s A-OK to subjugate Palestine and steal their land, then?

          • another_steve

            That’s the stereotypical far-leftist critique.

            Don’t stereotype. Stereotyping on an LGBT blog is a particularly shameful thing.

            Do your historical research.

          • Alyssa

            so you refuse to answer the question then? it’s perfectly fine to settle on Palestinian lands?

            we know for a fact this is happening and has been happening for a long time. you can either give a legitimate answer to the question of the settlements or keep dancing around.

          • another_steve

            As most rational progressives agree, the current illegal settlements are an abomination. The Obama Administration also agrees on that.

            We need a “two-state” solution.

            It will eventually come, but only when calm and un-bigoted minds prevail.

          • Alyssa

            I agree that there is a problem of anti-semitism in some left-wing circles, such as using “Zionism” as a catch all for every world ill or giving in to paranoid Rothschild fantasies, but let’s not pretend there aren’t genuine issues in play that have a very emotional component.

            per example: you claim Palestinians are being mourned while Israelis are not. that’s clearly not the case. what is the case is that one side is being kept behind a fence, deprived of basic human rights and dignity, and having their land stolen. it makes a difference.

          • another_steve

            I appreciate this civil exchange we’re having, Alyssa. Thank you.

            Here on JMG I’ve had exchanges in the past with certain commenters who have correctly pointed out some of the atrocities committed by the State of Israel against the Palestinian people. When I ask them, “Do you, in a similar manner, condemn the terrorist bombings of Israeli cafes and buses?,” I’ve received crickets in exchange.

            Make of that what you will.

            Most thinking progressives ‘grok’ the silence.

          • westford

            IMO, It’s not OK to settle on Palestinian lands. Those settlers are almost totally ultra-orthodox Jews who must be dragged out. That’s not what AIPAC wants – screw them.

          • Friday

            I haven’t read of this, or these ‘analysts and intellectuals,’ not to doubt you on the face of it. Frankly, it seems most ‘far-left’ so called people I know only see Israel as like a Reagan/Bush client state fucking up the Middle East, and they aren’t the thoughtful or informed ones. And on the other hand just putting on a uniform doesn’t change the damn policies either way. And frankly, the only *Israelis* I ever met in person that mentioned it didn’t make it sound like a freaking bargain, either, to be honest.

            Closest I ever got to ‘anti-semitism’ was like the Allston-Brighton/Brookline conflict and that was just cause rich Jewish people treated Paddies like dirt (A *lot.* Something like fifteen years later I got referred back to a doctor there over a broken finger and got so much shit I was like, “Seriously, are we still doing this? Yes, I’m poor. No, I’m not stupid. Yes, I know something of anatomy. It’s my freaking hand, already.”)

            Anyway, I got to know Jewish people actually per se via my best friend’s family, who’d gotten out of Russia in the Eighties somehow and were among those who took me in when I was being a teen LGBT runaway, and that like so many other things, was a whole different equation than either has to do with Israeli government policies.

            Any more than what anyone says about the United States or Malta or Cyprus or Albania makes me somehow ‘Christian’ or Anti-Christian.’

            Israel’s a country. And a government. It doesn’t matter what symbol they stick on it, they want to be that, they play by the same rules anyone else does. Including how it looks.

    • WTR

      So we should be silent when Israeli thugs massacre Palestinians? You people sure did learn a lot from Hitler. Too bad it was all the wrong things.

      • another_steve

        “You people.”

        Lol.

        Says it all. 😉

    • Matthew Delemos

      With regards to religion, I agree. There is nothing new here, whether in your statement or Duterte’s.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      That is a long trend now to out-ugly others to “win” the news cycle. We have Limbaugh and Colter and many others to thank. Trump may be a master at it, but at this point it’s an old trick. And sadly, today, attention whores don’t care if its negative publicity, to these types, its a victory if they dominate the front pages and trend on Twitter. They wear our hate as a badge (i.e. Milo, i.e. internet trolls).

      • another_steve

        Excellent excellent point, Larry.

        Howard Dean made the point earlier today (Joe’s other post on point) re how “ugly” is now a technique, a method, for monopolizing the airwaves and getting millions upon millions of dollars of unpaid publicity by doing so.

        A sad and degrading phenomenon.

        For all of us.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          The one glimmer is now some of the media is including disclaimers, for example, CNN in their chyrons will sometimes parenthetically add “did not” or similar to indicate the latest BREAKING NEWS statement, although ‘newsworthy’ is not true.

  • Schlukitz

    Wy can;t people out their brain in gear before putting their mouth in motion?

  • bambinoitaliano

    Dear Trump supporters you are electing a generic demagogue that can be duplicated cheaply anywhere.

    • Bob Conti

      So… you’re suggesting we offshore the POTUS job? Interesting, save a lot of money on incidental expenses. Could turn the White House into lofts.

      • moving the seat of government out of DC would save an awful lot on rent

        • Corsair Tact

          Disney could finally build a theme park there!

          • EweTaw

            The White House could become a youth hostel.

  • WTR

    Don’t we have some military bases there we could close? Foreign aid we could cancel?

  • if he smoked some kind bud he might mellow out and not go around threatening to kill millions of people.

    • EweTaw

      In my experience, A-type napoleanesque poop heads like him tend to get real paranoid when you get them stoned on weed. I find it best to just put rufanol in their drink and be done with them.

  • Ninja0980

    Doesn’t sound like someone you can have a beer with does he?

  • Corsair Tact

    This guy has been strutting around saying that the current joint US-Filipino naval exercises will be the last because he wants to cozy up to China and Russia, since they are so trustworthy. Of course, they would be fools to ally themselves with him since he’s a loose cannon and the Chinese government, at least, can’t abide inconsistency.

    Earlier today, Duterte taunted his critics to impeach him. But it doesn’t look like there are enough votes in the Senate to make that happen.

  • ShawnSwagger

    Well, they were calling him “Filipino Trump” during the campaign, so I guess he’s an excellent crystal ball for Americans.

    Also a very important lesson for Americans: This monster douchebag was elected with only 39% of the vote, because the opposition was divided. Enjoy living with the results of your protest votes, millenials!

  • This is the result of a “war on drugs” that criminalize drug users as opposed to treating it like the medical and personal problem that it is. Monsters like Duterte can flounce around saying he’s “moral” while murdering people who needs help.

    BTW, how’s selling out Philippine sovereignty and lands to Chinese economic interests going for you, Mr. Duterte?

  • dcurlee

    Some one needs to take his ass out

    • David L. Caster

      I’m convinced that had the US not made it illegal to assassinate foreign leaders, millions of lives and trillions in treasure could have been saved. And before anyone criticizes this position, consider very carefully the calculus involved.

  • JellyDonut

    He reminds me of someone…hmmm just cant put my finger on it.

  • Octoberfurst

    I had no idea that the Philippines had their own version of Trump.

  • dafs

    Who hurt you, Rodrigo?

  • EweTaw

    All this coming from a man who admits to murdering people with his own hands. What a sweet heart.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    He is the Trump of the Philippines, only Trump is most likely making billions off drugs deals somewhere that only the people who do his tax returns know about.

  • leastyebejudged

    I fail to see how this guy is similar to Trump.

    This guy is 100X’s the monster Trump is.

    Trump dreams of having that kind of political power.

    • andrew

      It Trump had the same kind of political power that this mutant has, he would be equally as horrendous.

  • andrew

    Duterte has set the image of the Philippines back a few generations.

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  • Gerry Fisher

    “The Decade of Dumbass Demagoguery” continues

  • JCF

    I can’t help but feel that the Drumpf Phenom has given license, internationally, to same/or worse authoritarian insanity.