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Teddy Baguilat: Holocaust Memorial photo not meant to demean place

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(UPDATED) The controversial photo of Vice President Leni Robredo and other allies at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has been taken down online amid attempts to explain the circumstances behind it.

“We posed at the Holocaust Memorial not to demean the place. But I took down the tweet immediately so as not to hurt sensibilities,” Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. tweeted.

Baguilat, in a later post on Twitter, eventually offered apology for the lapse in posting the Holocaust memorial photo.

“We, as human rights advocates, fully understand the plight experienced by Jews under the Nazis and we would be the last to disrespect their memory, in the same way that we condemn injustice anywhere in the world, including our own country. I apologize for this lapse in my post,” he said.

Baguilat was part of the Philippine delegation invited by Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) for s study visit program on efforts to combat poverty and promote social justice.

“Our German trip was paid for by a German Foundation and in the study trip, we discussed shared democratic values,” the lawmaker added.

Earlier, President Duterte’s supporters have criticized Robredo and her allies’ alleged disrespectful photo at the Berlin memorial.

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