“If he does not send to the Senate the treaty for ratification, then it is not binding on our country. That is a policy that his administration has adopted,” Drilon told the Inquirer.
Drilon’s statement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte himself on Monday revealed how he was irked by a foreign envoy and told the latter that he will no longer comply with the climate pact which the previous administration signed last year, GMA News reported.
“I will not honor that... That was not my signature, [it’s] somebody else’s, not mine. I will not follow,” he said.
Duterte also said that complying with the climate pact would hamper the country’s climb to industrialization and growth as a developing nation.
“Kalokohan yan. So that is how very competitive and that is how very constricted our lives [are] now. It’s being controlled by the world. It’s being imposed upon us by the industrialized countries,” added the president.
Meanwhile, former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who oversaw the Philippines’ participation in the Paris Agreement urged Duterte to reconsider.
Last December, the Philippines was among 196 countries that joined in the drafting and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The country vowed to honor the pact and reduce carbon emissions by 70 percent in 2030 as its contribution to control global warming.