President Duterte explains why he won’t honor Paris climate pact

  • President gave his reason for decision not to honor landmark pact
  • He said he planns to build industrial zones around PH with China’s help
  • He blasted the climate pact as benefiting only the rich and industrialized nations

MANILA, Philippines – Urging the Senate not to ratify the Paris pact limiting carbon emissions among signatories, President Rodrigo Duterte explained to the lawmakers he plans to build industrial zones around the country with Chinese aid to help growth and development.

“Give me a clear view of what will happen to the treaty if we decide or the Senate would agree with it, magbibigay sila ng concurrence nila then bigyan n’yo ako ng clear view kung ano mangyari kasi ang plano ko maglagay ng industrial zones everywhere and then the easy market locators would be China. China ang may pera,” GMA News quoted him as saying.

[If they will give their concurrence, then they should also give me a clear view on what will happen because I plan to place industrial zones everywhere and then the easy market locators would be China. China has the money.]

“We are planning to establish economic zones pati farm-to-market roads, alam mo ‘yang mga ‘yon. Iyong chillers na hindi malata (mabulok) ‘yung mga produkto ninyo [Including chillers so that your products won’t rot],” Duterte added.

The president also accused wealthy and industrialized countries of trying to impose their will on developing nations through the pact; saying it will essentially render the Philippines powerless to achieve development.

“Kayo dumating na kayo doon at our expense. Kayo ‘yung unang nagbuga-buga, nandiyan ang carbon footprints ninyo. Kami dito papunta pa lang sa naabot na ninyo,” he said.

[You have already achieved that at our expense. You were the first to emit it, you have your carbon footprints. We are still only trying to reach what you have achieved.]

Although the country is not a substantial emitter of greenhouses gases, it is one of the biggest affected countries of global warming courtesy of yearly droughts and typhoons.