THE Duterte administration “will be guided” by former President Fidel Ramos’ statements on the need to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
“We appreciate former President FVR’s advice. We will be guided by the wisdom of former President FVR,” according to Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar in a text message to reporters.
Andanar reacted to the newspaper column of Ramos entitled “Climate change: Attention P Digong, Cabinet and Congress” published over the weekend.
Ramos said President Rodrigo Duterte was “full of S....T” if he thought his diatribes against the Philippines’ allies and the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change Agreement was his God-given destiny, given that his rejection of the climate agreement was akin to him and the entire country “shooting [themselves] in the mouth.”
Ramos pointed out that mitigating the effects of climate change required international cooperation and collective positive action, and that this collective action was embodied in the Paris climate agreement.
The former president further argued that failure to ratify the Paris Agreement would limit the Philippines’ participation in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Marrakesh to mere observers, and the country would thus be unable to advance its interests.
Ratification, however, will “enable us to secure more investments towards our climate goals and gain access to the financial, technological, and capacity-building support to be provided to parties of the Agreement,” he said.
Ramos called on Duterte to approve the Paris Agreement “forthwith”, and “certify it for Senate ratification to promote our country’s interests and fight for climate justice.”
Duterte earlier said that he was not keen on honoring the 2015 Paris Agreement, as it will only slow down the country’s economic growth.