As the Philippines suffers from the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses,” President Rodrigo Duterte called for the developed nations to reduce their carbon emissions to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change.

Cut carbon now! Duterte blames rich countries for climate change

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By Prince Golez

As the Philippines suffers from the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses,” President Rodrigo Duterte called for the developed nations to reduce their carbon emissions to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change.

The appeal of the President came in the wake of successive typhoons that hit the country recently, bringing destruction to affected communities.

“This calamity is yet another stark reminder of the urgency of collective action to combat the effects of climate change. We must therefore further enhance our cooperation on disaster risk reduction management to reinforce our capacities, both at the national and regional levels,” Duterte said during the 37th Asean Plenary.

“More importantly, we must amplify our voices to demand climate justice from those most responsible for this existential challenge we face today. Developed countries must lead in deep and drastic cuts in carbon emissions. They must act now, or it would be too late. Or if I may say addedly, it is too late,” he added.

The Chief Executive said the rich countries should compensate poorer nations as they, too, deserve a fair shot at progress and sustainable development.

“This is their moral responsibility from which there should be no escape. Otherwise, it would be a great injustice – a double blow to those who bear the brunt of the adverse consequences of their past actions and present inactions,” according to him.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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