PH need not to follow climate change agreement – Duterte
The Philippines shouldn’t be compelled to follow the rules of “imperialists” by putting up with the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Duterte said.
Speaking before businessmen in Davao City last Friday, which also marks his 100th day in office, Duterte said that it is unfair for the country to be subjected to restrictions on carbon emissions when it has not yet taken full advantage of its industrial potentials, Philippine Star reported.
He also added he would further open the country to mining and the manufacturing sectors to further boost the economy.
“They cannot go higher than what we have now. And yet we Third World countries are trying to catch up and we are stymied not only by the cartels but also by the refusal of these industrial countries to understand,” the President said in the report.
He said developed countries are restricting the Philippines’ industrialization bid through limitations on carbon emissions.
In the face of developing competition among industries, Duterte said he is betting on agriculture and mining to provide assistance to the country in its industrialization effort.
“It’s a highly competitive world today and everybody is into the business of money and that is why there is a lot of competition going on,” he added.