- The eldest son of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a nationwide smoking ban on beaches
- Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte says that many beaches have been polluted by all sorts of waste
- Davao City has implemented a smoking ban throughout the city since 2002
Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, the eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte, is urging his father to implement a nationwide smoking ban along the country’s shorelines.
The younger Duterte bemoaned the environmental threat to Philippine shores due to all kinds of waste materials such as cigarette butt litter, empty bottles of alcoholic beverages, and household and medical waste.
“The irresponsible disposal of cigarette butts on our beaches, if left unchecked, will be a cause of a major problem in the future. If we are not going to do anything to stop this today, then we can only expect a bigger problem in the future,” Vice Mayor Duterte said in a statement that was previously quoted by GMA News.
He also pointed out that although surfing hot spot Baler in Aurora province has a smoking and drinking ban set in place since 2015, it appears that the ban has been neglected.
“The problem showed that our shorelines, especially the tourist destinations, have not been given the needed attention when it comes to environmental protection. The government has disregarded this very important task. We want to preserve the environment. We want to keep the beauty of our beaches,” he noted.
Vice Mayor Duterte was able to visit Baler during one of the campaign sorties when his father ran for President. His younger brother, Sebastian, is also known to be a surfing enthusiast.
Davao City, where the Duterte family hails from, has implemented a smoking ban throughout the entire city since 2002, under President Duterte’s term as mayor.
It is currently illegal to smoke in public areas in the city, including its beaches.