Click to Watch in HD > Philippines Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

Watch Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would be happy to exterminate 3 million drug users and peddlers in the country. Although the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama played down the remark, Dutertes comments triggered shock and anger among Jewish groups in the United States, which could create pressure on the U.S. government to take a tougher line with the Philippines leader. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference following a meeting Southeast Asian defense chiefs in Hawaii that he personally found Dutertes comments deeply troubling, though the matter wasnt discussed at the meeting. State Department spokesman Mark Toner had earlier described Dutertes remarks, made in a rambling speech in Davao City, as a significant departure from Americas partnership with the Philippines and we find them troubling. 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 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). Id 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. U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed alarm and urged the Philippines leader to exercise restraint in his use of language, a U.N. statement said. Dieng also called on Duterte to support an investigation into the reported rise in killings resulting from his anti-drug campaign, the statement said. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would be happy to exterminate 3 million drug users and peddlers in the country. Although the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama played down the remark, Dutertes comments triggered shock and anger among Jewish groups in the United States, which could create pressure on the U.S. government to take a tougher line with the Philippines leader. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference following a meeting Southeast Asian defense chiefs in Hawaii that he personally found Dutertes comments deeply troubling, though the matter wasnt discussed at the meeting. State Department spokesman Mark Toner had earlier described Dutertes remarks, made in a rambling speech in Davao City, as a significant departure from Americas partnership with the Philippines and we find them troubling. 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 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). Id 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. U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed alarm and urged the Philippines leader to exercise restraint in his use of language, a U.N. statement said. Dieng also called on Duterte to support an investigation into the reported rise in killings resulting from his anti-drug campaign, the statement said. In August, Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations after it called for an end to the killings. In Washington, a State Department spokeswoman, Anna Richey-Allen, had repeated concerns about reports of extrajudicial killings but offered no response to Dutertes comment referring to Hitler.

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