Germany rebukes Philippine envoy over Hitler comments
February 22, 2019
Germany's Foreign Office called in an envoy for the Philippines this week after comments defending President Rodrigo Duterte's description of himself as a cousin of Hitler. It also criticized the country's war on drugs.
Germany Foreign Office spokesman Rainer Breuer said on Friday that his ministry had called in the Philippine envoy to discuss comments by diplomat Teodore "Teddy Boy" Loscin Jr., defending 2016 statements from President Rodrigo Duterte concerning Adolf Hitler.
"Yesterday in the Foreign Office, there was a discussion with the Philippine enyoy, in which we again made our position clear. We also underlined that while we recognize the Philippines' right to prioritize fighting drug criminality, the so-called 'war on drugs' and the connected killings are totally unacceptable and represent serious violations of human rights," Rainer Breuer said at the government's daily briefing on Friday.
"The German government had criticized this Philippine approach, this campaign, from the start. We are in close consultation with our EU partners and we've brought this up several times at the UN Human Rights Council," Breuer said.
A diplomat at the Foreign Ministry told DW that the government was treating them as "unacceptable remarks," but that it had not issued a summons demanding that a diplomat come to answer for the comments.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has described the interview as "biased" and "misleading."
"The video posted by Mr. Henze on his blog is incomplete and misleading. It failed to show Mr. Henze's deliberate attempts to provoke Secretary Locsin into giving controversial remarks," it wrote.
It is not the first time Locsin has been in trouble for such comments. In a series of tweets which date back to his time as the Philippine's UN Ambassador, he said that the Nazis were "right after all" and voiced hopes for a "final solution" for his country's war on drugs.