Rodrigo Duterte yesterday slammed industrialized nations anew for their climate-warming emissions which stoke the intensity of tropical cyclones resulting in vast destruction in the Philippines.
In his speech before typhoon-affected residents of Tuguegarao City he reiterated that his administration will not honor an international treaty for limiting carbon emissions, which he said, will stymie Manila’s industrial growth.
Duterte did not mention which international treaty he was referring to but obviously he meant the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which the Philippines signed last year along with other 178 countries
The President argued that industrialized countries like the United States, the European nations, and China, have been giving off greenhouse gas emissions for decades.
“When the Industrial Revolution began in 1901, 1902, na-discover nila ang use of oil. It was America, and the European nations – and China after the war – sila ang pinakamalakas na gumamit ng makinarya na bumubuga ng usok,” he said.
“Mabibilang mo ang factory dito sa Pilipinas… Compared to other nations, wala tayong kakiting-kiting.”
Duterte said it will be unfair if the Philippines will be asked to cut carbon emissions at a time when the Philippines’ economic rise is just starting.
The President also vowed to develop the Philippines based on the needs of the Filipino people instead of the dictates of the international community.
“I will develop my country according to the needs of my people. Marami na kasing tao, kailangan gumamit ng maraming makina, Kapag pipigilan ninyo ako, paano ko papakainin ang mga kababayan ko, paano ako maka-produce nang maraming lahat – hindi mechanized, hanggang araro nang araro kami,” he said.
Earlier, the President belittled the US aid to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon ‘’Yolanda’’ in 2013, pointing out that the calamity was caused by carbon emissions from industrialized nations.