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Duterte personally apologizes to Jews in PH for ‘Hitler’ comments

By: - Reporter / @erikaINQ
/ 10:00 PM October 04, 2016

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MANILA — President Duterte personally apologized to the Jewish community in the Philippines, on Tuesday, for comparing his bloody war on drugs to Adolf Hitler’s persecution of Jews.

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Mr. Duterte blamed the media and his political opponents for portraying him like Hitler.

“When I was coming home from Laos, I was tired.  We arrived at 2 o’clock in the morning from the Asean summit and part of the briefing was I was pictured by media guys, especially those against me on the political side, that I was portrayed and pictured as a Hitler,” the President told some 100 Jews marking the Jewish New Year at the synagogue in Makati.  (Duterte went to Laos to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit.)

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“And true to my character, I’m not one who would say, ‘No, I am not that.’ I would just say OK… In doing so, I mentioned the word Jewish and that was what was terribly wrong and for that I apologize,” Duterte said, which drew applause from the community.

The President expressed his respect for the Jews and mentioned that his ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman is a descendant of an American Jew.

“Why would I defile the memory of the Jews? What will I get if I insult the Jewish people? When we have been friends…,” he said.

“Even in the matter of arms, I said do not buy from anyone except from Israel. Why? Because we have excellent relations and if you sell us this gadget, they won’t include a bug there to listen,” Mr. Duterte said, eliciting laughter from the audience.  SFM

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