Duterte: PH commits to a world free of nuclear weapons

Published February 1, 2021, 9:21 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Nuclear weapons must be eliminated from the face of the earth to help promote peace, security and survival of humanity, President Duterte said after the Senate affirmed the country’s’ ratification of the global pact against the weapon of mass destruction.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President hailed the Senate’s concurrence in the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), saying such milestone indicated the country’s resolve to pursue “a world free of nuclear weapons.”

“The Philippines joins hands with like-minded states in pushing for the complete prohibition of the development, possession, use and transfer of nuclear weapons,” Duterte said. “The only guarantee is the total elimination of nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. The TPNW provides this guarantee,” he said.

The Senate has concurred with President Duterte’s decision to ratify the international treaty seeking to ban the development and use of nuclear weapons. Twenty-three senators approved the Senate Resolution No. 60 that made the country the 53rd country to adopt the nuclear ban pact.

The Philippine first signed the legally binding pact to prohibit such weapons of mass destruction back in 2017.

The President recognized that nuclear proliferation was a real threat to global security. He said countries must commit to avert and prevent nuclear incidents especially in the face of the complex global security landscape. 

With growth reliant on a secure and stable environment, Duterte also said it was in the interest of both developed and developing counties to eliminate nuclear threats.

 
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