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Sablay kasi drug war? Duterte declares war on plastics

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By Prince Golez

To help protect the environment, President Rodrigo Duterte is proposing to ban the use of plastics in the country.

During a Cabinet meeting in Malacanang on Wednesday, Duterte recognized the need for a bill that will implement a nationwide ban on plastic products.

“The President floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo said Duterte made the pitch after Vernice Victorio, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Development Corp. shared with the Cabinet the Priority Programs for Environment and Climate Change Resiliency.

During the recently concluded regional summit in Thailand, the President called on ASEAN member states to ensure environmental sustainability and protect biodiversity in the region’s pursuit for development.

“We must work together to address the problem of marine debris. And we must build resilient and stronger communities to adapt to the effects of climate change,” Duterte said.

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