Duterte offers to personally attend climate conventions

Published May 24, 2022, 10:24 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

President Duterte has offered to personally attend climate-related meetings and conventions before his term ends to confront countries that continue to disregard their commitment to addressing climate change.

During his Cabinet meeting aired late Monday night, Duterte asked Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert Borje if there are any events that are yet to happen before the end of June.

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“Ako na ang pupunta doon. Ah, hindi, talaga. [Itatanong ko] Ano ba talaga ang gusto ninyo? (I will go there. I will ask: ‘What do you really want?)” Duterte said.

“Kasi ako, itapon ko ‘yung lahat ng basura sa dagat. Hindi na ako mag-landfill. Bakit? Eh kung ganoon kayo, tapos lip service lang nga (For me, I would just throw our waste to the sea and wouldn’t use a landfill. Why? Because of you. You are just paying a lip service). You do not really honor commitments insofar as the changing of the climate,” he added.

But upon learning that the events will be held in Sweden and Germany, which are near Ukraine and Russia that have an ongoing war, Duterte said: “Maybe, we will not be able to go back.”

Duterte then advised Borje in jest to just physically slap countries that do not comply with agreements with the climate change report and bang the table and say: “Is there a chance for us to agree?”

The President said he wants these countries to be sanctioned because it is the poor countries that suffer.

“That Climate Change Commission is moribund actually a body unless there is a sanction or a commitment that’s an ironclad—maybe motivated by their desire to improve the situation dito sa mundong ito (in this world),” he said.

“But again, itong equation na ito (this equation) is never changing,” he added.