President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday placed the blame for climate change on rich Western countries.
"Alam mo ang climate change, sino ang gumawa niyan? Ang mga mayaman (na bansa): Amerika, Spain, France, Britain, Italy. Sila 'yung pumunta doon sa Middle East, hinigop nila 'yung oil ng Arab," he said in a speech during the oath taking ceremony of members and officials of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee.
These countries, he said, called for a global effort to address climate change only after witnessing their actions' impact on the environment.
Duterte signed last year the Paris Agreement on Climate Change aimed at slashing greenhouse gases and keeping global temperature increases to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius. - report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News