Tuesday , May 22, 2018

Duterte on Paris climate pact: 'I won't honor that'

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he will not acknowledge the Paris agreement on climate change, which he called a "stupid" treaty.

"That's (Paris agreement on climate change) stupid. I will not honor that," Duterte said in his speech during the send off ceremony for the Philippine Team competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The country has signed the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which seeks to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Duterte, however, insisted that he was not the one who signed the agreement.

The President recalled how he was pissed during his conversation with French Ambassador Thierry Mathou, who paid a visit on him before he took oath in his office.

Among the issues they had discussed was the climate change.

"The reason why I'm angry at the ambassador – I want to kick him – is because he was reminding me about this emission and carbon footprints. And I said yes, we are signatory to that. [He also asked me] Would you be able to maintain your emissions? I said, 'No, I cannot tell.' [He replied,] You would because it would be distributed pro rate," he said.

"[I then told him,] you don’t do it that way, Mr. Ambassador. You had reached your Apex and along the way, put a lot of contaminants and emission and went ahead in destroying the climate. Good for you, we are here, we have not reached the age of industrialization," Duterte added.

Duterte stressed he will not follow the agreement, even though it was signed by the past administration, because the country is now in a “developing stage but will be limited [because of the pact].

“That’s how very competitive and constricted our lives now [and yet,] it’s being controlled by the world. It’s being imposed upon us by the industrialized countries. They think that they can dictate the destiny of the rest,” the President said.

“We’re not going into it but you are trying to stymie with an agreement that we have limitations… that’s absurdity,” the President said. (Sunnex)