Miss PH-Earth in hot water after likening Duterte to Hitler

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2016 02:11 AM

MANILA -- A Filipina beauty queen has caught the attention of netizens after likening Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in a Facebook live video. 

In the video, Miss Philippines-Earth 2016 Imelda Bautista Schweighart asked Miss Earth Austria 2016 Kimberly Budinsky if Hitler was from her country. 

"Okay, that's a bad question because we normally don't talk about Hitler. But, yeah, he is," Budinsky answered. 

"Oh my God! Our President is doing Hitler stuff here in the Philippines," Schweighart replied. 

"That's crazy," Budinsky quipped, before asking which platform the live video was being aired. 

Schweighart immediately deleted the video after drawing flak from netizens who criticized her reckless remarks. 

However, a copy of the video is still available in the Pageant Central Facebook page. 

More than two weeks ago, President Duterte said in a speech that he would be happy to slaughter three million drug addicts. 

He likened this act to Hitler's systematic extermination of millions of Jewish people in the 1940s. 

Several Jewish groups and international organizations expressed their rage over the distasteful statement. 

The President has since apologized to the Jewish community, adding that he did not intend to offend the memory of more than six million Jewish people, who were killed under Hitler's reign.  

Schweighart, meanwhile, immediately apologized for her "soft joke," explaining that she is an extremist who made the remark out of excitement. 

"Guys, I'm a Duterte follower. The people who talk to me everyday knows how delightful I am to see and experience the change he has made happen so far. I am half German that is the reason why I talked to a fellow delegate about 'Hitler' so casually who is Austrian. Because all my life I am always teased by fellow filipinos as 'Hitler' because they are not well informed that Hitler was not German. In fact Hitler was Austrian. So , when I saw my fellow delegate i made a soft joke about it out of my excitement," she wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.  

"I am an extremist so forgive me my fellow Filipinos and Duterte supporters if you didn't understand how I am. I got that idea wherein i said, 'Duterte is doing Hitler stuff' from online news, newspapers with headlines saying he is Hitler-like but for the good. I was just not able to explain what i really meant further in Facebook live because my mind was occupied with the other delegates i want to capture on my Facebook Live cover. That is what i meant. Hope you appreciate me explaining myself so that you understand more. Peace," she added. 

Schweighart is set to represent the country in the upcoming Miss Earth pageant to be held on October 29, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.