Philippine president apologises to Jews for Hitler remark

2016-10-02 22:19
In Manila, rounded up residents, mostly men, wait to be taken to a police station in the continuing operation in President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "War on Drugs". (Bullit Marquez)

In Manila, rounded up residents, mostly men, wait to be taken to a police station in the continuing operation in President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "War on Drugs". (Bullit Marquez)

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Manila - The Philippine president has apologised to Jews worldwide after his remarks that drew comparisons between his bloody anti-drug war and Hitler and the Holocaust sparked shock and outrage.

President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech on Sunday that there was never any intent on his part "to derogate the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans".

"I apologise profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community," he said.

On Friday, the tough-talking president raised the rhetoric over his anti-drug campaign, which has left more than 3 000 suspected drug dealers and users dead since July, by comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.

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