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Senate ratifies Paris Agreement

Senators yesterday lauded the concurrence of the Senate in the Accession to the Paris Agreement that sought the Philippines’ favorable response in combatting the effects of climate change.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said no other treaty is more important “than the one which outlines the steps for mankind’s survival.”

“By signing this agreement, countries of the world escaped writing earth’s death warrant,” Recto said in his speech when he explained his vote on the treaty.

“The treaty’s main objective is to prevent the average global temperature from rising by 1.5 degrees Celsius. Beyond that is catastrophe; that is science, and not an alternative fact,” the senator said.

Sen. Sonny Angara, likewise, agreed that it was imperative that the Philippine government respond to these “real changes” together.

“While there have been a lot of opposition, pushing and pulling on the science, the virtue and the business of the world’s response to climate change, one thing is certain – it is imperative that we respond to these real changes together,” Angara said.

Angara noted that the country’s representatives to the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 last November 2015 worked diligently combining the study of geophysical phenomenas, geopolitical patterns and global business – to protect the interests as well as the natural resources of the Philippines. (Hannah Torregoza)