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'YELLOWs' CHANGE COLOR: STAUNCH SUPPORTERS OF MAR ROXAS IN NEGROS JOINED RULING-PDP-LABAN PARTY
[RELATED: Rody hits 'yellow' angle on campaign against drugs]


SEPTEMBER 20 -THE YELLOW PARTY -Staunch supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas in Negros Occidental province have wiggled their way into the now-ruling party, Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), proving true the saying that, in politics at least, there are no permanent friends, just permanent interests.
At least 200 officials of Negros Occidental province, led by those who gave their all for Roxas during the campaign period, are to take their oaths of office as new PDP-Laban members at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Friday. Among those to take their oaths as PDP-Laban members is Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., one of the staunchest supporters of Roxas and the Liberal Party during the campaign. The others are 60 members of the political party Love Negros, founded by Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of Negros Occidental’s third district, who had supported the presidential candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe. Twelve incoming PDP-Laban members are from Bacolod City. They are led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, also a staunch supporter of Roxas, according to Yvez Akol, PDP-Laban Negros Island Region secretary general. READ MORE...RELATED, Rody hits yellow angle on campaign against drugs...

ALSO:
Philippines boxing icon Pacquiao used drugs as a teen but backs Duterte

(For Pacquiao, Duterte is doing nothing wrong. "In the past administrations, people didn't respect the law, the leader, the authorities," he said. "What Duterte is trying to do is let the people know - and put it in their hearts and minds - that you need to respect the law of the land." "God put him there for a reason, for purpose - to discipline the people," he said, adding that the people had to respect the authority and "the anointed one".)


Philippine Senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao listens as fellow Senator Leila De Lima (not pictured) delivers a privilege speech at the Senate in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months. Pacquiao, now a senator and a close ally of the president, also said Duterte was anointed by God to discipline the Filipino people and his authority must be respected. "The president, he doesn't know my experience with drugs," said Pacquiao, 37, adding he was confident it wouldn't damage their close relationship. "He always gives a chance to people who want to be changed," said the boxer-turned-lawmaker in an interview in his senate office. "I tried drugs...many kinds of drugs, all kinds of drugs," he said, dressed in the traditional white Filipino barong shirt and trousers. Pacquiao said this phase lasted for years "before I became a champion". READ MORE...

ALSO: Digong’s plaint - I’m always taken out of context; blames media reporting


OCTOBER 1 -President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE DAVAO CITY—President Duterte has lashed out at the media for allegedly choosing only the stories they want to report, and accused them of splicing videos to suit a particular angle, which often badly portrays his controversial war on drugs. Duterte, who was the keynote speaker at a nationwide gathering of policewomen here on Friday, urged the police to continue with their jobs and ignore the criticisms because the media chooses only what it wants to report. “Never mind their criticisms, there are many stories,” he told them. “They can say their own (stories), they can interpret their own… they may not believe us.” He said the media “turn off their cameras” if a particular angle does not suit them, and hinted at corruption among their ranks. “The truth is, it’s all about money. Sensationalism. You think it’s just us? Even the media,” he said, alluding to paid hacks in the profession. He accused the press of reporting only “what they want” and of allegedly cutting him off midstream. “They’ll look for another story because they want another story,” Mr. Duterte said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte rejects Hitler label, Abella explains
(Abella, however, claimed that Duterte only drew "an oblique conclusion, that while the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the future generations of Jews, the so-called 'extra-judicial killings', wrongly attributed to him, will nevertheless result in the salvation of the next generation of Filipinos.")


OCTOBER 1 -Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella on Saturday came to the defense of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is drawing flak for citing Adolf Hitler and the Jewish Holocaust in his war on drugs.Abella, in a press statement, said Duterte's reference to the slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War 2 by Hitler's Nazi regime "was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects." "The Philippines recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience especially their tragic and painful history," he said. "We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust - that deep midnight of their story as a people."Duterte, in a press conference in Davao City Friday morning following his arrival from an official visit to Vietnam, 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."READ MORE...

ALSO: From THE GUARDIAN (UK) - Rodrigo Duterte vows to kill 3 million drug addicts and likens himself to Hitler
(‘If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have ...,’ the president said, pointing to himself)


OCTOBER 1 -Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, appears to have compared himself to Hitler, saying he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts in his bloody war on crime.
During a press conference in his home city of Davao, the former prosecutor told reporters that he had been compared to a “cousin of Hitler” by his critics. What do you think of Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days as Philippine president? “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have...,” he said, pausing and pointing to himself. “Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” More than six million Jews were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators before and during the second world war, according to historians. Germany’s government slammed Duterte’s comments as unacceptable. “It is impossible to make any comparison to the unique atrocities of the Shoah and Holocaust,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer. The World Jewish Congress president, Ronald Lauder, said Duterte’s remarks were “revolting” and demanded that he retract them and apologise. READ MORE...

ALSO: Yasay decries ‘malicious spin’ on Hitler comment
(Yasay said he was in front when the President delivered his arrival speech in Davao City on Friday. “Clearly and contextually, he assured the people that he was not waging a war against illegal drugs to exterminate the more than 3 million addicts and drug users in the country the way the Jews were exterminated by Hitler’s Nazis in Europe during WWII,” Yasay added.)


OCTOBER 2 -Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was reacting to articles and criticisms against the President’s comparison of his anti-drug war to the slaughter of Jews by Hitler and the Nazis. AP
“What a malicious spin to sow hatred against President Duterte and destabilize the country.” Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was reacting to articles and criticisms against the President’s comparison of his anti-drug war to the slaughter of Jews by Hitler and the Nazis. “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are three million drug addicts (in the country). I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte said during a speech after arriving in Davao from Vietnam. Jewish groups said his remark was “outrageous,” while a human rights group said it was “obscene.” But Yasay said Duterte did not make a comparison. “No, he did not compare his all-out war on illicit drugs to Hitler’s evil campaign, much less justify his tough and uncompromising stance against the deadly scourge that threatens to tear apart families, our communities and the bright future of the nation amidst unverified and unsubstantiated media reports of state-sponsored EJKs (extrajudicial killings) during the statements he made upon arrival from his official trip to Vietnam,” Yasay wrote in a post on his Facebook account. READ MORE...


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‘Yellows’ change color; Staunch supporters of Mar Roxas in Negros Occidental joined the now-ruling PDP-Laban party

BACOLOD CITY, OCTOBER 3, 2016 (INQUIRER) Inquirer Visayas By: Carla P. Gomez, September 30th, 2016- Staunch supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas in Negros Occidental province have wiggled their way into the now-ruling party, Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), proving true the saying that, in politics at least, there are no permanent friends, just permanent interests.

At least 200 officials of Negros Occidental province, led by those who gave their all for Roxas during the campaign period, are to take their oaths of office as new PDP-Laban members at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Friday.

Among those to take their oaths as PDP-Laban members is Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., one of the staunchest supporters of Roxas and the Liberal Party during the campaign.

The others are 60 members of the political party Love Negros, founded by Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of Negros Occidental’s third district, who had supported the presidential candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe.

Twelve incoming PDP-Laban members are from Bacolod City. They are led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, also a staunch supporter of Roxas, according to Yvez Akol, PDP-Laban Negros Island Region secretary general.

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President Duterte, PDP-Laban chair, would not be able to attend the mass oath-taking, however, as he would be in Vietnam.

Mr. Duterte, however, would be in Bacolod City for the Masskara Festival on Saturday, said Akol.

Among the top PDP-Laban officials expected at the mass oath taking are Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP Laban president; Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary general; Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, he said.

The new members will join a PDP-Laban seminar at L’ Fisher from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Negros Occidental officials fulfilled a promise to deliver votes for Roxas who worked for the creation of Negros Island Region, a new region composed of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental.

Roxas received 686,078 in Negros Occidental, including the capital city of Bacolod, while Duterte got 260,067.

But the votes were not enough to offset Duterte’s lead in other areas that clinched the race for him.

Board Member Salvador Escalante said the officials are joining PDP-Laban to show the President that they are willing to work with the current administration for the good of Negros Occidental.

INQU8IRER PHOTOS OF THE DAY


WIDE parking spaces are some of the attractions of the government’s Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center in this photograph taken during the facility’s 2015 soft launch. It continues to serve truckers, but farmers have not been selling crops there due to a dispute. PHOTOS BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON


FARMERS prefer to sell their produce at the La Trinidad trading post.

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Rody hits yellow angle on campaign against drugs Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 02 October 2016 00:00



President Duterte assailed the “yellow media” anew for allegedly putting spins on stories to make him look bad.

Talking to policewomen in Davao City, Duterte said that some journalists are employing creative practices that lead to inaccurate and even sensationalist reportage.

“The media can spin their own or weave a tale of their own and they would insist that’s there no presumption of regularity,” Duterte told policewomen.

He added that some media practitioners are actually paying supposed “witnesses” to justify theories that discredit legitimate police operations.

“Media would not listen, so they look for a different story. You would that they would look for witnesses (but they) look for another story, because they want another story. Sensationalism. If there are idiots who are scalawags in their ranks. It is all about money,” the President emphasized.Duterte even said that the media often misinterprets him and keeps on highlighting sensational details that tends to give a different spin to a story.

“To be honest. That’s how they do it. So they like it that way. If I say something they cut it short then that’s the story they print,” he added.

Duterte was apparently correct in his prediction of such a practice among the so-called “yellow press”, as a national broadsheet ran a banner headline yesterday suggesting his dictatorial tendencies making him appear like Hitler.

Last Monday, Duterte reminded the media of his respect for press freedom saying that it’s fine with him if the media keeps on throwig criticisms against his administration.

Talking to the members of the Malacanang press corps, the President said he was not bothered if ever news publications end up making harsh statements against his policy.

“In the Philippines, you have the freedom of the press, you can print what you want. That is why you can call me an ‘asshole’ or a ‘shit’. It’s fine with me. I’m a public servant,” Duterte told reporters covering the Palace.

“Lies, libelous claims, slander, you can print it. I cannot prevent them from printing because if I will have it stopped, then that’s censorship,” he added.

Duterte, however, said that the only thing that’s offensive for him is to shame his family and as well as other government officials who has children.

Also, the President lamented how some media entities sweepingly attribute extrajudicial killings to his administration, noting that such practice among reporters is the “prostitution of journalism”.

Drugs trade more lucrative than mining

Duterte also said the illegal drugs trade in the country is now worth P216 billion, which is higher than what the government is earning from the mining industry.

This was an estimated computation given to the President by a billionaire, whom he did not name. He said the P216 billion a year is the total investment if the country has three million drug addicts. If the three million users hit daily costs of P200 multiplied by 31 days which totals P6,000 a month.

“A billionaire made a computation: You know mayor, I’ll give you the economic impact of drugs in the country, your country. I said, this is the way it goes. There are at least, he said, you claim to be 3 million drugs users and addicts; one hit daily costs around 200 or about 6,000 a month. If these users and addicts use drugs on a daily basis, that’s about P18 billion a month or around P216 billion a year,” Duterte quoted the billionaire as saying.

“And that was the cold reality and I was not able to sleep soundly that night and even… I was so stressed,” he admitted.
According to the President, such huge investment is disturbing because “the mining industry gives us about P70 billion only and here is a cost of 216 billion, destroying lives,” he told reporters.

But Mr. Duterte said, “It’s an investment to destroy lives. It’s an investment by the drug lords that will break the social fabric of our society.”

Duterte said he ponders on the amount that could already give the country and people food and other needs.

He said this is also one reason it angers him that some nations talk like gods. He was referring to the United States, the European Union and the United Nations which are intensely criticizing his all-out campaign against drugs.

“You know if there is an addict in the family…if there is one who steals some things…sells the car anywhere. And, if there is nothing, they go into crime and that is why nationwide, the crime, went on a downspin,” he said.

The President announced the country is already achieving a decline in crime rate of almost 50 percent in the entire country. He said killings by criminals have gone down.

Duterte also cited the government’s efforts of building a mechanism to address the social menace including the rehabilitation that failed to be recognized by other countries.

“Instead of coming over, knowing fully well, it could not escape their attention that I entered into the presidency of a budget that was prepared by my predecessor and that budget is in operation now. No other source,” he said.

Despite the lack of budget, Duterte said he is pooling funds to build rehabilitation centers in military camps, “as I have requested the Armed Forces of the Philippines to weigh in into the problem.”

Duterte said it was exasperating for him that other people just criticize instead of offering help or suggesting solutions to the problem of attending to the huge number of drug addicts.

“The danger is always miscalculation. I don’t know if those guys there have the pea-brain to think about calculations. It’s only good, criticize that’s it, in public,” he said.

But the President said he is used to criticisms, being a politician but all the criticisms are putting the Filipino people and the country to shame before the world.


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Philippines boxing icon Pacquiao used drugs as a teen but backs Duterte By Karen Lema and Clare Baldwin


Philippine Senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao listens as fellow Senator Leila De Lima (not pictured) delivers a privilege speech at the Senate in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

MANILA - Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months.

Pacquiao, now a senator and a close ally of the president, also said Duterte was anointed by God to discipline the Filipino people and his authority must be respected.

"The president, he doesn't know my experience with drugs," said Pacquiao, 37, adding he was confident it wouldn't damage their close relationship.

"He always gives a chance to people who want to be changed," said the boxer-turned-lawmaker in an interview in his senate office.

"I tried drugs...many kinds of drugs, all kinds of drugs," he said, dressed in the traditional white Filipino barong shirt and trousers.

Pacquiao said this phase lasted for years "before I became a champion".

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Duterte, who took office on June 30, has made the war on drugs the central part of his presidency, saying narcotics are destroying the nation of 100 million people. A total of 3,171 people have been killed since then, including users and pushers, nearly two thirds by unknown assailants and the rest in legitimate police operations, according to police.

The friendship between the boxer known as "The Destroyer" and the president known as "The Punisher" dates back at least 15 years as Pacquiao tells it, to a boxing ring in Davao, where Duterte helped organize one of his fights.

"He helped me a lot. He helped me with the promotion when I started in boxing. One of my fights held in Davao, he sponsored it," said Pacquiao, a southpaw who has been an eight-division world champion. "He helped with the promotion, financially as well."

Pacquiao has the initials of a group called Guardians Mindanao Brotherhood tattooed on his wrist, as does Duterte, according to media reports. "It's a fraternity," Pacquiao said.

Guardians Brotherhood started as a soldiers group that was later disbanded.

Pacquiao was born in the town of Kibawe in the Mindanao region of the southern Philippines, about 80 km (50 miles) from Davao city, where Duterte was mayor and congressman since 1988.

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Pacquiao's family was dirt-poor, and, according to his autobiography, the family lived in a thatched hut. His father harvested coconuts and his mother sold peanuts.

Pacquiao did odd jobs to survive and stowed away on a boat to Manila as a teenager, where he started competitive boxing.

According to Forbes, he has earned $500 million from purses, pay-per-view and endorsements so far in his career.

Pacquiao could not recall his first meeting with Duterte but said it was when he was 22 or 23. Since then, Pacquiao said they had frequently met for meals and that he is a godfather to Duterte's grandson.

Even now, Pacquiao says, Duterte often calls after a fight to congratulate him.

Pacquiao calls the president by his nickname, Digong, a play on his first name, Rodrigo.

"He's a very nice person, a nice guy," Pacquiao said, adding that the president was totally unlike the popular perception that he was foul-mouthed and aggressive. "He is a respectful person, a hospitable person, a friendly person."

Pacquiao said blaming the killings on the president was unfair because it was drug lords and drug pushers who were killing one other.

"God put him there for a reason, for purpose - to discipline the people," he said, adding that the people had to respect the authority and "the anointed one".

Pacquiao supported Jejomar Binay, a rival of Duterte, in the presidential campaign, but switched allegiance to Duterte later. Now he is one of the president's closest allies, and one of his first acts in the senate was to file a bill to reinstate the death penalty for drug-related and serious crimes, one of Duterte's key plans.

Last week, Pacquiao helped sideline one of Duterte's most outspoken critics, fellow Senator Leila De Lima, by leading a motion to oust her as the chair of a high-profile committee examining the president's links to vigilante death squads in Davao during his time as mayor.

"It's not my intention to remove her from the chairmanship of the committee to stop the investigation," Pacquiao said. "The investigation will continue. We just want to implement it in the right way."

For Pacquiao, Duterte is doing nothing wrong.

"In the past administrations, people didn't respect the law, the leader, the authorities," he said. "What Duterte is trying to do is let the people know - and put it in their hearts and minds - that you need to respect the law of the land."

Pacquiao then left for a training session. Often described as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, he has come out of retirement to challenge World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.

Pacquiao said he wanted to remain in the sport for some time. "I miss boxing, boxing is my passion," he said.

(Additional reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)


INQUIRER

Digong’s plaint: I’m always taken out of context Inquirer Mindanao By: Germelina Lacorte, October 2nd, 2016 05:00 AM


President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

DAVAO CITY—President Duterte has lashed out at the media for allegedly choosing only the stories they want to report, and accused them of splicing videos to suit a particular angle, which often badly portrays his controversial war on drugs.

Duterte, who was the keynote speaker at a nationwide gathering of policewomen here on Friday, urged the police to continue with their jobs and ignore the criticisms because the media chooses only what it wants to report.

“Never mind their criticisms, there are many stories,” he told them. “They can say their own (stories), they can interpret their own… they may not believe us.”

He said the media “turn off their cameras” if a particular angle does not suit them, and hinted at corruption among their ranks.

“The truth is, it’s all about money. Sensationalism. You think it’s just us? Even the media,” he said, alluding to paid hacks in the profession.

He accused the press of reporting only “what they want” and of allegedly cutting him off midstream. “They’ll look for another story because they want another story,” Mr. Duterte said.

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The President said this was also the reason why he refused to see convicted criminal Jaybee Sebastian because doing so would give the media another field day.

“Why would I talk to this guy? I would be portrayed as following orders to talk to him, so what would the media say?” President Duterte asked. “I’ll go there and what will come out is that the government and this guy are close friends. How foolish.”

He stressed that police were under instruction only to kill criminals if their lives were in danger. But his critics have continued to question the rising number of those killed during police operations.

“The duty of the police is to arrest a criminal, place him under custody and bring him in court,” Mr. Duterte said. “Those who fight it out, how do you bring them under custody? So, be quick on the draw.”

“If there’s warrant and he refuses to surrender and offers a violent resistance, then you just have to kill him,” the President said.

But he complained that news cameras were on “automatic shutdown” and only capture policemen in the act of killing a suspect. “Just do it in the performance of your duty and I will back you up,” he told the assembled police officers.

He also reiterated he did not curse US President Barack Obama as widely reported, although a recording of the news conference showed him using cuss words as he answered the reporter’s questions.

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Palace clarifies Duterte Hitler reference: PH recognizes Jews’ tragedy

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Duterte rejects Hitler label, Abella explains ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 01 2016 02:55 AM | Updated as of Oct 01 2016 04:05 AM

MANILA - Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella on Saturday came to the defense of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is drawing flak for citing Adolf Hitler and the Jewish Holocaust in his war on drugs.

Abella, in a press statement, said Duterte's reference to the slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War 2 by Hitler's Nazi regime "was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects."

"The Philippines recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience especially their tragic and painful history," he said. "We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust - that deep midnight of their story as a people."

Duterte, in a press conference in Davao City Friday morning following his arrival from an official visit to Vietnam, 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."

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Abella, however, claimed that Duterte only drew "an oblique conclusion, that while the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the future generations of Jews, the so-called 'extra-judicial killings', wrongly attributed to him, will nevertheless result in the salvation of the next generation of Filipinos."

"He was just addressing the negative comparison that people made between him and Hitler," he said.

"Hitler murdered 3 (sic) million innocent civilians whereas Duterte was referencing to his 'willingness to kill' 3 million criminal drug dealers (sic) - to save the future of the next generation and the country," Abella said. "Those are two entirely different things."

GERMANY, JEWISH GROUPS CRY FOUL

Germany's government on Friday said Duterte's statement comparing his war on drugs to the Holocaust were "unacceptable".
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Schaefer said it is impossible to make any comparison between the two.

Duterte's comments have also 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 Philippine leader.
 


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Rabbi Abraham Cooper, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Digital Terrorism and Hate project, called Duterte's statement "outrageous".

"Duterte owes the victims (of the Holocaust) an apology for his disgusting rhetoric," Cooper said.

The Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish group based in the United States, said Duterte's comments were "shocking for their tone-deafness".

"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."

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said any use of "the Holocaust and the suffering of the Holocaust in comparison to anything else, frankly, is inappropriate and needs to be rejected." He said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had made clear that the fight against illegal drugs must be done "in accordance with human rights standards."

State Department spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen reiterated U.S. concern about "reports of extrajudicial killings by or at the behest of government authorities" in the Philippines, but offered no response to Duterte's Hitler comments.

A White House official stuck to a strategy of stressing long-standing ties with Manila, saying, "We continue to focus on our broad relationship with the Philippines and will work together in the many areas of mutual interest."

Two days before the Philippine election, then outgoing President Benigno Aquino had warned that Duterte's rising popularity was akin to that of Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s.

Duterte has been scathing about criticism of his anti-drugs campaign and has insulted the United Nations and the European Union, as well as Obama, at various times in recent weeks. -
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Rodrigo Duterte vows to kill 3 million drug addicts and likens himself to Hitler
‘If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have ...,’ the president said, pointing to himself

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, appears to have compared himself to Hitler, saying he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts in his bloody war on crime.

During a press conference in his home city of Davao, the former prosecutor told reporters that he had been compared to a “cousin of Hitler” by his critics.

What do you think of Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days as Philippine president?
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“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have...,” he said, pausing and pointing to himself.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

More than six million Jews were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators before and during the second world war, according to historians.

Germany’s government slammed Duterte’s comments as unacceptable. “It is impossible to make any comparison to the unique atrocities of the Shoah and Holocaust,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer.

The World Jewish Congress president, Ronald Lauder, said Duterte’s remarks were “revolting” and demanded that he retract them and apologise.

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“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.”


ROBERTSON

Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director for Human Rights Watch, said it was baffling why anyone would want to compare themselves to “one of the largest mass murderers in human history.”

“Does he want to be sent to the international criminal court? Because he’s working his way there,” he added.

Duterte has spent his first three months in office running a campaign to kill all involved in the rampant drugs trade, including alleged addicts, causing outrage from rights groups and foreign governments.

More than 3,500 alleged drug dealers and addicts have been killed, about a third of them in police operations but the majority by armed vigilante militias. Duterte has publicly encouraged civilians to kill addicts and said he will not prosecute police for extrajudicial executions.

“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,” he said during the press conference early on Friday.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report

VIDEO: Philippines' Duterte compares himself to Hitler (WITH HIS 3 MI9LLION DRUGLORDS AND ADDICTS TO HITLER'S 3 MILLION JEWS)

 
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Yasay decries ‘malicious spin’ on Hitler comment By Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 2, 2016 - 12:00am 0 20 googleplus0 0


Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was reacting to articles and criticisms against the President’s comparison of his anti-drug war to the slaughter of Jews by Hitler and the Nazis. AP

MANILA, Philippines - “What a malicious spin to sow hatred against President Duterte and destabilize the country.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was reacting to articles and criticisms against the President’s comparison of his anti-drug war to the slaughter of Jews by Hitler and the Nazis.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are three million drug addicts (in the country). I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte said during a speech after arriving in Davao from Vietnam.

Jewish groups said his remark was “outrageous,” while a human rights group said it was “obscene.”

But Yasay said Duterte did not make a comparison.

“No, he did not compare his all-out war on illicit drugs to Hitler’s evil campaign, much less justify his tough and uncompromising stance against the deadly scourge that threatens to tear apart families, our communities and the bright future of the nation amidst unverified and unsubstantiated media reports of state-sponsored EJKs (extrajudicial killings) during the statements he made upon arrival from his official trip to Vietnam,” Yasay wrote in a post on his Facebook account.

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Yasay said he was in front when the President delivered his arrival speech in Davao City on Friday.

“Clearly and contextually, he assured the people that he was not waging a war against illegal drugs to exterminate the more than 3 million addicts and drug users in the country the way the Jews were exterminated by Hitler’s Nazis in Europe during WWII,” Yasay added.

He reiterated that the President was voted into office because of his promise to eliminate illegal drugs and criminality in the country, aside from ridding the government of corruption in all levels.

The Palace also clarified Duterte’s statement. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Philippines recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience, especially their tragic and painful history.

“We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of six million Jews in the Holocaust – that deep midnight of their story as a people. The President’s reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects,” Abella said.

“He likewise draws an oblique conclusion, that while the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the future generations of Jews, the so-called ‘extra-judicial killings,’ wrongly attributed to him, will nevertheless result in the salvation of the next generation of Filipinos.

“Hitler murdered thee million innocent civilians whereas Duterte was referencing to his ‘willingness to kill’ three million criminal drug dealers – to save the future of the next generation and the country. Those are two entirely different things,” Abella added. – With Christina Mendez


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