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"Less talk, more work" This was the advice of Duterte's allies after he did the Hitler reference saying: "There are 3...
"Less talk, more work" This was the advice of Duterte's allies after he did the Hitler reference saying: "There are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I'd be happy to slaughter them.
"If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have ...," [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."
He immediately apologized after realizing the aftermath of his statements and even visited a synagogue in Makati to extend his remorse.
Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau, Israel ambassador to the Philippines humbly accepted the apology and said: "He is the President. He said it was never intentional so we accept his apology...from the start we knew his personality already, and we know it is not intentional,"
Furthermore, he posted on Facebook noting that the President "“made it clear what was already clear and known that he did not mean disrespect to the Jewish people.”
“He expressed his respect and affinity to the Jewish people and Israel, paying homage to Prime Minister Netanyahu and his desire to strengthen ties with Israel,” he added.
“On the other end, I made it clear that the President’s words speak for themselves and they are genuine coming from his heart. We believe that any reference to Nazi Germany that is not in the context of the most evil empire is not going to achieve anything and will be counterproductive.”
Duterte also clarified himself through his speech at the synagogue and stated:
"It's my character... it's what I am. I am I and you are you. And God created me to be in this way, I suppose. But one day, when I was coming home from Laos. I was a bit tired, we were on the plane. We arrived at 2 o'clock in the morning from the ASEAN Summit, and part of the briefing was really that I was pictured by the media guys, especially those who are against me on the political side, on the other side of the fence, that I was portrayed and pictured as Hitler,"
Meanwhile, Israel-PH relationship remains strong which dated back to WORLD WAR II when President Manuel Quezon mandated open-door police in the year 1930s and welcomed over 1,000 Jews to Manila and Mindanao when they fled from Germany.