The Philippine President has likened his national crackdown on drug crime to the Holocaust, saying he would be "happy" to kill as many addicts as Hitler slaughtered Jews.
Rodrigo Duterte said he had been compared to a "cousin of Hitler" by critics during a press conference in southern Davao city on Friday.
"Hitler massacred three million Jews... there's three million drug addicts. I'd be happy to slaughter them," he said. At least six million Jews and other minority groups are known to have been killed by Nazis before and during the second world war.
Since taking up office in June, Mr Duterte has overseen a vicious anti-drug campaign in which more than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users are understood to have been killed by police operations or plain clothed assassins.
The bodies of those killed are often left in the streets with signs listing their crimes, the BBC reports.
During his presidential campaign and short time in office Mr Duterte has threatened to drown drug suspects to fatten the fish in Manila Bay.
He has also threatened to execute drug traffickers by hanging until their heads were severed from their bodies.
“You know my victims. I would like [them] to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition,” he said on Friday. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-compares-himself-to-hitler-and-pledges-to-slaughter-three-million-drug-addicts-a7338786.html