Roque: Duterte to consider 'climate emergency' call by environmental group

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — The Palace says President Rodrigo Duterte will look into an environmental group's call to declare a 'climate emergency,' as the chief executive considers addressing climate change among his priorities.

"Ang masasabi ko lang po, top of the agenda po ng ating Presidente 'yan (addressing climate change), and the President will consider this suggestion made by Greenpeace," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during his recent virtual briefing.

[Translation: What I can only say is that this is on top of the President's agenda, and the President will consider this suggestion made by Greenpeace.]

Greenpeace Philippines has earlier called on the President to declare a climate emergency anew, saying it would "ensure that the administration acts on the climate crisis with the much-needed urgency he has called for in his speech."

The environmental group was referring to the message Duterte delivered during his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, which Roque said attests to the President's concern in addressing climate change.

During his speech, the President called on all parties of the Paris Agreement to honor their commitment to join in the fight against climate change, adding that the Philippines intends to do just that.

"President Duterte must use this opportunity to declare a Climate Emergency that will enable a recovery that will transform our economy and society to tackle the climate crisis and promote positive environmental and health outcomes," said the group in a statement.

Greenpeace Philippines first released an open letter addressing the President in December last year making the said call.