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Duterte on Holocaust: ‘Never again’

 

By ARGYLL GEDUCOS

PRESIDENT Duterte and his daughter Sara lay a wreath during a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. (AP)

PRESIDENT Duterte and his daughter Sara lay a wreath during a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. (AP)

JERUSALEM, Israel – ’Never again.’

President Duterte expressed hope that a genocide like the Ho­locaust will not happen again as he assured that the Philippines will be one of the first countries to re­ject a genocide.

Duterte made the statement during his historic visit to the Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial for vic­tims of the Holocaust, in Jerusa­lem Monday afternoon.

In his signed dedication in the guest book at the memorial site’s Children’s Hall, Duterte said he is hoping that people’s heart will re­main open.

“Never again,” said Duterte. “May the world learn the lessons of this horrific and benighted pe­riod of human history. May the hearts of peoples around the world remain ever open.”

“And may the minds of all men and women learn to work together towards providing a safe haven for all who are being persecuted.”

Duterte, in his visit to Yad Vash­em’s Hall of Names with daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, called Hitler insane and ex­pressed wonder how one country can follow such an insane leader.

“Me, I realized that war is insan­ity. And what happened here, in Europe especially under the Nazi,” he said.

“I could not imagine of a country obey an insane leader. And I could not ever fathom the spectacle of a human being going into a killing spree, murdering old men, women, men, children, mother,” he added.

Duterte said he is hoping that a tragedy like the Holocaust will not happen again and suggested that leaders who show signs of insan­ity should be disposed of immedi­ately.

“I hope that this will not happen again. But we are a world whose – now… We have learned so much along the years during the two wars. There is always a lesson to be learned and that despots and leaders who show insanity should be – well they should be disposed of at the first instance,” he said.

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