The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that President Rodrigo Duterte announced on 18th July that the Philippines would not ratify the Paris Climate Treaty. According to the story by Marlon Ramos, “the president said a foreign ambassador recently reminded him of the country’s commitment to limit its carbon emissions.” Duterte continued that he was angry and wanted to kick the ambassador.
President Duterte explained why: “We have not reached the age of industrialization. We’re now going into it. But you are trying to stymie [our growth] with an agreement that says you can only go up to here. That’s stupid. I will not honor that.”
He continued: “Now that we’re developing, you will impose a limit? That’s absurd. That’s how very competitive and constricted our lives [are] now. It’s being controlled by the world, it’s being imposed upon us by the industrialized countries. They think that they can dictate the destiny of the rest of the [world].”
The Philippines’ Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Treaty is to reduce emissions by up to 70% by 2030. That commitment was made by the previous administration, which also approved building 29 new coal-fired power plants over the next decade. Duterte was elected president on 9th May 2016 by an overwhelming majority and took office on 30th June.