micronotes: On Duterte

micronotes: On Duterte’s Inspiration from the Holocaust

From Felipe Villamor for the New York Times:

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday that he would like to kill millions of drug addicts in the Philippines, defying international criticism of his country’s bloody war on narcotics and escalating his brutal rhetoric with a reference to the Holocaust.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews,” Mr. Duterte said after returning to the Philippines from a trip to Vietnam, understating the toll cited by historians, which is six million. “Now there is three million, there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

Unacceptable in all forms and sizes. Disgusting, unforgivable. How many other useless words can I say with regard to Duterte?

Philippine officials have counted about 3,000 deaths during the crackdown, about a third at the hands of the police.

This was six months ago. I hope to hear from New York Times more detail about the push-backs (if any) that this president is receiving, and what the Philippines were truly thinking when electing him.