Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his bloody war against illegal drugs. And it sparked yet again a new outrage and bombast when the Philippine leader quotes and likens the killing of drug addicts to how Hitler massacred millions of Jews by saying how he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts.
The latest threat issued by Duterte earned ire and headshakes when he compared the dark days of Hitler regime as a preferred solution in embattling drug problem and criminality rate in the Philippines. In a press conference held last Friday, “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews … there’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte said.
The statement refers the estimate number of drug addicts in the country. Meanwhile, historians say that 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis under Hitler before and during World War II.
Is Duterte really like Hitler? Are we going to be chanting “Heil Fuhrer Duterte” in the coming years as he assumes the highest seat in the Philippine government? And will this be the beginning of an entirely violent and dark years of the Digong regime?
I firmly believe not. As much as I am not a fan of the current administration, I still don’t believe that Duterte has in him to be someone like Hitler. As tyrannical and fierce as he is, his problem does not lie on his thirst for power and his insatiable desire to rule and oppress people which is evident during Hitler’s rise to power.
Hitler was more interested in consolidating his own power and revenging the perceived slights that his country received in the wake of World War I. Meanwhile, Duterte focuses more on street violence plaguing the country and is in combat with drug addicts and drug Lords.
Duterte’s likeness to Hitler can solely be perceived with both leaders ability to break the rules and flout on the tried and tested policies governing a country. They’re also alike in their fierce and aggressive style in leading a group and the country. But, their likeness stops there.
The problem with Duterte is simply – he doesn’t know when to stop bickering. He should learn to stay mum especially if he doesn’t want others to point out that “his bark is worse than his bite”. Duterte’s inability to control his temper has put the country into the bad light.
He spews on words after words, phrases after phrases of vile and vulgar worlds only to take it back the next day. His tenacity and undiplomatic way of speaking in public has caused the indignation of many – the United Nations, the United States President and even his co-politicians.
Duterte has to understand and realize that he is no longer the famous Davao mayor – he is now leading a country who needs the help of other nation. He is no longer leading a city that can be lead within his beck and call.
He is now governing a country that consists of different cities and is composed and lead by small politicians that make the whole governing country of the Philippines. Before we end this, I’d like to simply quote Winston Churchill in the hopes that Duterte may take a leaf on his leadership style.
“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” –
Winston S. Churchill