20 March 2019 - 14 Adar II 5779 - י"ד אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Philippines Vice President apologises for Holocaust memorial photo E-mail

The Vice President of the Philippines, Leni Robredo, issued a public apology last month for a photograph showing her and members of her political party posing and smiling at a German Holocaust memorial.

Robredo, who was elected separately from President Rodrigo Duterte, attracted widespread criticism over the photo, which was posted on Twitter by a lawmaker from her opposition Liberal Party. “While there was no malice in it, I take full responsibility and so I would like to apologise for whatever offence to the sensitivities of the people it caused,” she said in a statement on her website.

The tweet, since taken down, showed Robredo and several Liberal Party members of the Philippine House of Representatives smiling as they posed for a picture at the Berlin memorial. House of Representatives member Teddy Baguilat, who tweeted the photo of the smiling lawmakers, issued an apology for the “lapse”.

All the people in the photograph were on a study trip paid for by a German foundation. Baguilat stated that they all fully understood “the plight experienced by Jews under the Nazis and we would be the last to disrespect their memory”.

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