The German Foreign Ministry and Philippine’s Department of Foreign Affairs have summoned each other’s envoys to discuss the recent interview by PH’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Teodoro Locsin Jr., with a German news agency defending Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, likening it with Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust.
The offended German Foreign ministry has summoned supposed the acting Philippine Ambassador to Germany, Lilibeth Pono, to explain about Locsin’s remark.
In a tweet posted by Arnd Henze, the journalist who also did the infamous interview with Locsin, the foreign ministry called the remarks as “unacceptable.”
On February 18, Locsin was in Germany to lead the inauguration of the new chancery in Berlin and to attend the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany.
In an interview he gave to Henze, he defended Duterte’s comparison to himself as the ‘cousin of Hitler’ and the president’s war on drugs to Hitler’s killing of 3 million Jews.
“No. This is how he expresses himself. Remember his policy, according to surveys, inspire greater confidence. Why would he give up on that?” Locsin told ARD.
“I tell you, I said the same thing. I myself said the same thing before he even said it,” Locsin said.
The Philippine’s DFA has since called the report ‘incomplete’ and ‘misleading.’
As retaliation to Germany, Locsin also summoned the German envoy to the Philippines to discuss the matter in Manila instead.
He told the Philippine Embassy in Germany to inform the German Federal Foreign Office to send their top diplomat to Manila to face him.
In a reply when a citizen questioned if he is going to face the German government regarding the issue, Locsin said:
“Yes, what now? Berlin embassy is handling it; I already told them to tell the German Foreign Ministry to send the German ambassador to me because I’d rather finish my own fights than have others do it.”
Germany has since been pressured by other European countries to join their petition to the United Nations to launch an investigation over Duterte’s war on drugs and the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. /apr