President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will not honor the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which was adopted by the Philippines and about 200 countries in December last year.
In a speech during a meeting with the Philippine Olympics athletes on Monday, Duterte described the international agreement as “stupid.”
The President said he was mad at a foreign ambassador who reminded him of the Philippines’ commitment to limit its carbon emissions.
“You are trying stymie us with an agreement na ganito lang kayo [that says you can only go up to here]. That’s stupid. I will not honor that,” Duterte said.
The President was riled when the ambassador asked him if the Philippines will be able to limit its carbon emissions.
”Sabi ko [I said], ‘No. I cannot tell. You don’t do it that way, Mr. Ambassador,” Duterte recounted.
When reminded that the Philippines was a signatory to the agreement, Duterte replied:
“That was not my signature. It’s not mine.”
He pointed out that such requirements on carbon emissions are unfair because the wealthy nations were not given such impositions when they were industrializing.
“We are here, we have not reached the age of industrialization. We are on our way to it,” Duterte said.
In his inaugural speech, the President said the Philippine government under his administration will honor all the international agreements it had signed.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change seeks to limit global warming to below 2ºC (3.6ºF). It also calls on countries to adapt to climate change impacts, increase resilience, ensure sustainable food production and come up with plans to finance efforts of developing countries to implement procedures to minimize climate change.