Locsin apologizes for Holocaust tweet

Arriane Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 07 2016 03:51 PM

MANILA-- Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. has apologized to the Jews for his controversial tweets comparing the government's war on drugs to the holocaust.

"I apologize to the Jews, and to the memory of those who died in the Holocaust, for any offense I gave them, but only to them," Locsin said in a Facebook post.

Locsin, recently named ambassador to the United Nations, drew ire for tweeting that the drug problem in the Philippines needs a "final solution like the Nazis adopted" last August 22.

"I believe that the drug menace is so big it needs a final solution like the Nazis adopted. That I believe. No rehab," he had said.

The tweet circulated after President Rodrigo Duterte cited Adolf Hitler while discussing his war against drugs in September. Duterte has since apologized.

The former lawmaker apologized for his casual references to the Holocaust, which he says "was the greatest evil ever visited on mankind."

He added that the use of strong language is unavoidable.

"I am sorry for my strong language, but it is unavoidable given the mendacity of those I fight. I cannot be other than myself," he said.

But in a tweet last Tuesday, Locsin said his daughter ordered him to stay out of Twitter.

"OK, my daughters called to say stay out of Twitter. Just when I am so sweet and considerate and politely open to discussion. Sad," he said.