Rodrigo Duterte became the President of the Philippines last June 30, 2016, and since then, Extra Judicial Killings have become prevalent in the country. According to the New York Times Service from the Philippine Daily Inquirer (2016), “Since Duterte took office last June and declared a “war” on drugs, the police and unknown assassins have killed more than 3,600 people, the police say, mostly in the slums of Philippine cities. Some put the toll at more than 7,000″.
This means that in less than nine months, Duterte has already surpassed the death toll of former Dictator and President Ferdinand Marcos, whose forces killed about 3,300 political opponents and activists during his harsh 20-year rule. Due to this fact, critics have drawn a comparison with the President to the Führer of Nazi Germany: Adolf Hitler. However, according to Lara Tan from CNN Philippines (2016), the Philippines’ robust president apparently subsumed the likeness, and said that if Hitler massacred millions of Jews, he would do the same to millions of drug addicts in the country.
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million drug addicts [in the Philippines], there are. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…,” Duterte said as his thought trailed off.