THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday described as “incomplete and misleading” the report that came out on German news television regarding Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s statement supporting President Rodrigo Duterte’s comparison of Filipino drug personalities getting killed to the holocaust perpetrated by Adolf Hitler.
In a statement, the DFA said “the Department views as unfortunate the biased representation by Mr. Arnd Henze of ARD Capital Studio Berlin of his interview with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. at the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the new building of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin.”
“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,” the DFA added.
On Thursday, Federal Foreign Office of Germany has summoned an acting Philippine ambassador to Germany after Locsin Jr. defended Duterte’s previous remarks likening himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
As this developed, Locsin, answering a netizen asking about his next move, tweeted he had instructed the Philippine Embassy in Berlin to “tell the German Foreign Ministry to send to him the German Ambassador to the Philippines.”
“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,” Locsin said on Twitter.
ARD correspondent Arnd Henze said a Philippine envoy was summoned by the German Federal Foreign Office due to Locsin’s “totally unacceptable” remarks on the holocaust.
Henze earlier interviewed Locsin in Berlin, where the latter defended Duterte’s previous remarks comparing himself to Hitler and vowing to slaughter three million drug addicts.
“I tell you something — I said that myself before he said it,” Locsin said in the interview.