Posted: 1:20 am ET
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The media has taken to calling the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte as “Duterte Harry” after Hollywood’s Dirty Harry. The Guardian says that the Philippine president is exploiting the rivalry of China and the US to wage a ‘ war on drugs’ that is cover for a tide of extrajudicial killings. A Philippine newspaper is now attempting to document the names and other particulars of the casualties in the Duterte administration’s war on crime with a KILL LIST. The list is updated every Monday and Thursday.
One day, President Duterte told reporters that the military exercise next month with U.S. troops will be the last. His Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay had to walk it back the following day. Another day, he told reporters that he is “about to cross the Rubicon” with the U.S. and FM Yasay had to play it down.
Within the last 24 hours, President Duterte has also accused the CIA of planning to kill him.
As if that’s not enough to break the foreign ministry’s news traffic, he apparently has now likened himself to Hitler and wants to kill millions of drug users. Below according to Reuters:
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.
Read through the tweets below, and take this as fair warning for November.
Let’s hear it from the Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay:
FM Yasay playing the let’s downplay this Rubicon crap, shall we?
Here is President Duterte getting potty-mouth with the European Union, though attempting to be civilized, he only used “F” not the word.
Here is FM Yasay trying to calm the waters:
Now, Duterte Harry has reportedly received reports that the CIA is planning to kill him. Yup, the CIA.
FM Yasay may have to hire creative writers for his shop in Manila to help him explain the Philippine president’s often intemperate comments. And he may need new pairs of shoes for all the walking back he has to do in the next fews years.
And because telling reporters that the CIA is out to kill you is not exciting enough for the news cycle, let’s see how Duterte Harry will top that? He brought up, Hitler, because why not?
Apparently, investors did not like what they were hearing. And that was before the Hitler comment.