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« on: July 19, 2016, 09:30:49 AM »
By: Marlon Ramos
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Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:04 AM July 19th, 2016
 

PRESIDENT Duterte on Monday said his administration would not honor the historic Paris Agreement on climate change that the Philippines adopted along with about 200 countries in December 2015, saying the covenant was “stupid” and “absurd.”

The tough-talking President said the international treaty, signed by countries that participated in the 21st Conference of Parties in France, would only limit the country’s industrial growth.

Speaking at sendoff ceremonies in Malacañang for Filipino athletes bound for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the President said a foreign ambassador recently reminded him of the country’s commitment to limit its carbon emissions.

He said he was angry with the ambassador and “wanted to kick him” when the diplomat, whom he did not identify, asked him if the Philippines could maintain the level of its carbon footprints.

“I said, ‘No. I cannot tell … You don’t do it that way, Mr. Ambassador. [Your country] has reached the apex [of industrialization] and along the way put a lot of contaminants and emissions, and went ahead in destroying the climate,’” the President recalled as telling the ambassador.

“We have not reached the age of industrialization. We’re now going into it. But you are trying to stymie [our growth] with an agreement that says you can only go up to here,” he added. “That’s stupid. I will not honor that.”

Signature not his

When the ambassador told him that the Philippines was a signatory to the agreement, Mr. Duterte replied: “That was not my signature. It’s not mine … I will not follow.”

The President also said the climate change agreement was forged just when the Philippines was on its way to develop its own industries.

“Now that we’re developing, you will impose a limit?” he said. “That’s absurd.”

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Attaboy!

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2016, 01:52:26 PM »

a similar claim was made by 1980s india prime minister rajiv gandhi. so where's india now? how about if other countries with which we have all sorts of treaties, from defense to economic, will backtrack from those treaties because the signatory from the philippines is not our beloved current president anyway?
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Unnamed envoy blamed for Duterte’s statement on climate change pact
AMBASSADOR COMMITTED FAUX PAS BY IMPOSING CARBON EMISSIONS CUTS ON DUTERTE - SERING
By: Leila B. Salaverria
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06:36 PM July 19th, 2016


MANILA — President Duterte’s statement on his refusal to honor the Paris Agreement on climate change could have been a reaction to an improper question from an ambassador, according to Mary Ann Lucille Sering, a former vice chair of the Climate Change Commission.

Sering, who expressed hope the Philippines would not pull out of the Paris agreement, said Mr. Duterte might have been irked when the ambassador— still unnamed— asked him about the Philippines maintaining a certain level of carbon emissions, as that amounted to an imposition.

“In a diplomatic perspective, you don’t ask that question because that’s an imposition on us. It’s a diplomatic faux pas to even ask that question,” Sering said in a phone interview.

The Philippines’ commitment to reducing carbon emissions was conditioned on support from the international community, she said.

“What we said was we can’t reduce unless we’re supported,” she said.

“In short, if you don’t give us any support, we will continue our sustainable development, our economic development that may rely still on dirty but cheap [energy]. But if you want us to use clean, make those energy sources cheaper,” she added.

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The Philippines would refuse to be compelled to reduce emissions and then be made to pay alone for the high cost of renewable energy, she said.

Sering expressed hope the Philippines would continue to support the historic Paris agreement.

It is not just about reducing emissions, but also about climate change adaptation, according to Sering.

She also noted that the Philippines took a leadership role in the talks, especially with regard to call to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.

If the Philippines would not ratify the agreement, she said it would not restrict the Philippines’ actions, but the country’s credibility might be affected.

“We might lose out on grants. That is free money. It’s not a loan. It will impact solar investments,” she said.

But Sering also said that even before the Paris agreement was signed, the Philippines had put in place policies geared toward addressing climate change. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2016, 04:35:23 PM »

how sensitive naman. maybe that envoy just wanted a conversation?

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2016, 03:34:11 PM »
Wrong pick of topic. Envoy apparently hasn't studied Digong enough. Or else he's just plain dumb, or arrogant, or most probably both.

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