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President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Sunday his refusal to honor the climate change agreement, saying it would hinder the Philippines from reaching its own age of industrialization.
In a speech in typhoon-hit Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, Duterte criticized developed nations, saying they are pushing developing countries like the Philippines to cap their carbon emissions.
"I do not agree with the formula or equation because it is not fair," he said.
Duterte seemed to refer to the Paris Agreement, negotiated by 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in December. Signatories to the pact pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 70 percent by 2030.
"Sabi ko, kayo gumamit na kayo ng carbon sa pinakamatagal na panahon, kami gusto naming maging kagaya sa inyo pero pinigilan niyo kami dito kasi ganoon lang, sabi ko kalokohan yan," Duterte added.
Duterte also criticized an ambassador, whom he did not name, for pushing the climate change deal. Duterte said that the ambassador's nation ranks among the top culprits behind the damage to the ozone layer.
"Sabi ko sa ambassador, masyado naman kayo... napuno na yung ozone layer pareho ang tama natin. Kung ano tama mo, tama ko, langit yan e. Pero ngayon pinipigilan mo ako, ayaw niyo kami umabot sa naratnan ninyo. May away tayo dyan ngayon," he said.
"I will develop my country in accordance to the needs of my people. Marami na kasing tao, kailangan na gumamit ng maraming makina. Kung pipigilan niyo ako paano ko papakainin ang mga kababayan ko, paano ako maka-produce ng marami? Kami umaabot na ngayon ng 104 million, kung hindi ako bibira ng husto sa improvements, wala ako mapakain sa tao," Duterte said.
In July, Duterte said he would not honor an international agreement on reducing carbon emissions, saying that he did not sign the pact and would not follow it.
Duterte's statements have concerned climate experts and activists, since the Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to stronger hurricanes, extreme weather, and rising sea levels. 

Source:GMA NEWS
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