“I apologize profoundly and deeply to Jewish community. There was never any intention on my part to derogate the memory of six million Jews,” said Duterte in a speech in Bacolod City where he joined the annual MassKara festival, The Manila Times Online reported.
Duterte explained he was merely reacting to critics comparing him to Hitler and since he was already being likened to the hated Nazi leader, he said, “sure I am Hitler, but the ones I kill are these (drug addicts).”
His remarks drew condemnations from Germany, the United States, the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Watch and etc.
While issuing an apology, Duterte continued to lash out at Western critics, warning he was willing to kick all American troops out of the Philippines.
“The Americans, I don’t like them…they are reprimanding me in public. So I say ‘Screw you, f..k you, everything else. You are stupid,” said the president.
Amid the barrage of criticism and bad international press, Duterte claimed he had had no other recourse but to spew expletives and insults.