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US calls Philippines President Duterte's Holocaust remarks 'deeply troubling'

Earlier this week Duterte had threatened to end the US-Philippines joint military exercises. Photograph: (Getty)

Hawaii, United States Oct 01, 2016, 05.23 AM (IST)

The United States defence secretary Ashton Carter on Friday criticised the “deeply troubling” remarks by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened himself to Adolf Hitler.

Carter's comments came during a regional security summit with Southeast Asian ally nations, where he was asked on the continuation of the joint military drills with the Philippines in the wake of Duterte's inflammatory remarks.

Carter assured the US-Philippines ties were strong and would remain so. "Like all alliances, it depends on the continuation of a sense of shared interests," he added. 

Duterte on Friday had compared himself to Hitler and his crackdown on drug addicts to the Holocaust—Hitler's deadly campaign to exterminate the Jews.

"Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I'd be happy to slaughter them," Duterte told reporters in his home city of Davao. 

"But you know, my victims, I would like to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition."

Earlier this week, Duterte had declared he would put an end to the US-Philippines joint military exercises. He cited the disapproval of two of his alliance partners, Russia and China, as the reason for ending the "war games". 

Duterte had later gone on to add that the countries' military alliance would not be severed because of the 65-year-old treaty they share.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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