Tel Aviv - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called Adolf Hitler "insane" while at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Monday, a reversal from earlier comments in which he favourably compared himself to the Nazi leader.
"I could not imagine a country obeying an insane leader. And I could not ever fathom the spectacle of a human being going on a killing spree, murdering old men, women, children," Duterte said.
"There is always a lesson to be learned. Despots and leaders who show insanity should, well, they should be disposed of," he added.
It was a change in tone for Duterte, who three months after taking office in 2016 likened himself to Hitler.
Duterte, 73, said at the time he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million drug addicts in the same way that Hitler killed 6 million Jews.