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    Philippines likens China to Hitler

    PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Wednesday clarified that it was not all meant to insult China when President Benigno Aquino III likened its act to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during World War II.
    Coloma raised the issue following Aquino’s interview with The New York Times where he made the Hitler reference.
    The New York Times quoted Aquino saying: “At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it -- remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.”
    Coloma explained that the President’s mention of Hitler was only done in such a way that he cited a fact since he was fond of reading military history books, especially at night.
    During the interview, the President said that whenever he would learn new facts from historical events, he would try to analyze if it had any similarity or relevance to current events.
    “As a storyteller and as a conversationalist, the President often gives details about a particular situation, so it could happen that he was simply citing the fact,” Coloma further clarified.
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