Duterte blames West, China for climate change, floods in Davao City



Vice mayor Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – “Don’t blame poor Filipinos for what’s wrong with the weather,” Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said as he lashed at critics who blamed illegal logging for the worst flooding that inundated some areas in Davao in water for the whole week.

“Every time there’s something wrong with the weather, you start to crucify the Filipinos, when we don’t have a significant contribution to what ails the weather. We contribute the least to global warming, blame the Western world, blame the US and China,” Duterte said, reacting to the crawler on a cable news network (ANC), which quoted environment groups as saying the “denudation of Mt. Apo contributed much to the recent flooding in Davao City.

Duterte, in his Sunday television program, said the volcanic peak of Mt. Apo had no trees in the first place. Mt. Apo had nothing to do with the recent flooding, he said.

Duterte said 89 million cubic meters of rainfall, an equivalent to a one-year production of drinking water of the Davao City Water District in the city, poured in the city in two days, causing the floods.

“We never contributed significantly as to alter the temperature of the planet, it was the Western World,” Duterte said.

“The rivers and tributaries overflowed,” Duterte said, adding that the flood came from the Lipadas and Davao watershed.

He said even if it was illegal logging, it was not the Filipinos who denuded large forest areas in Mindanao, citing South Cotabato, which was a virgin forest before American companies started logging operations that cleared away entire forests.

“Who were the first loggers in Mindanao? Those were Americans,” Duterte said. “Where are our trees? Of course, there were Filipinos, but at that time, it was considered legitimate.”

Duterte asked critics to look at the bigger picture, instead of automatically castigating poor Filipinos for what’s ailing the environment.

“The bigger picture is it was not us who destroyed the environment, we have the least of the contribution to climate change,” he said. “What caused the severe wind, velocity 200 kilometers per hour? It’s the climate. What’s the effect? Everything. Everyone had his share (of disasters) including New York,” he said.

“Do not believe these foreigners coming from the US and Europe to lecture on us about issues,” Duterte said.

But he defended those who developed housing subdivisions even in areas considered now as flood-prone and a catch basin for water. He said that the developers have been granted permit by the Housing Land Use and Regulatory Board (HLURB) in the first place, hence, did not have any choice but to develop the properties.

“Jade Valley (subdivision) was built what used to be a riverbed, so when the river overflowed, expect the water to get inside your house,” Duterte said.

Residents in flood-prone housing subdivisions, such as the Jade Valley Subdivision, had asked the vice mayor to intervene, hoping to put a stop to the payment of their housing mortgages within the subdivision, which developers carved out of the dried up riverbed and proved to be prone to flooding.

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  • rightist

    Kailangan pa rin maghanda para sa mga susunod na kalamidad. Walang mangyayari sa pagtuturo. Baka kailangan na talagang paalisin ang mga nakatira sa dating floodways or riverbeds. Yung mga kalbong bundok, baka pwedeng simulan na taniman. Ang alam ko kaya ng mayor ipagbawal ang pagpapagawa ng bagong developments sa mapanganib na lugar.

  • boybakal

    Make sense….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    ako ang pumatay kay rizal, kay ninoy, kay magellan….umayos ka nga duterte. kung sinu-sino sinisisi mo.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Ikaw? ikaw?? ikaw???? Dapat ipakulong ka agad at nang maimbestigahan!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000413667803 Dennis Tamangui

      eh? so who are we to blame?

  • pinoy_abno

    “Who were the first loggers in Mindanao? Those were Americans,” Duterte said. “Where are our trees? Of course, there were Filipinos, but at that time, it was considered legitimate.”

    Komedyante ka rin pala duterte….kakatuwa….tama na ang blaming game..concentrate ka na lang sa paghanda sa susunod na calamity.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Yes, for once I agree with the vice mayor. The number one producer of carbon dioxide is China then the U.S. which causes global warming and the erratic weather conditions.

  • Commentator

    There is really a climate change. But the Filipinos are less prepared and the infrastructure are inferior than people of western countries that is why there is more casualty and damages.

  • bogli_anakdami

    allah eh, when will duterte gangs going to sneak to the west and tsina to salvage them?

    dapat eh ipadala na lang si ms duterte… para di mas obvious, di ba?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      God, eh?! Bakit mo naman dinoble ang titik la at dinagdagan ng titik ha ang expression mo? “Allah eh”? Ala, ey magagalit sa iyo ang hindi kristiyano.

  • Marx Louis Wang


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    Ang bugok na Mayor tumama din. D mo alam kung wala ang Factory dyan sa Davao eh may kikitain ka kaya sa kurakot? Pero ok ang style mo, kaya may pag unggoy ang ugali nyo ng anak mo. Sarap mong sapakin!!!!

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       sige nga puntahan mo kung masapak mo?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Kawawa naman tol. Ipaubaya ko nalang sayo. Puedi?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000413667803 Dennis Tamangui

        HAters gonna hate ~~ lol 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RNC4WPWZ7MXCHT4RWA3IKSASSA Alvin

        LOL. takot? hahahaha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3B3YXABXH62INBURG3BZF3CRI Patrick

       raul is full of crap. sabog at wala sa sarili.

  • http://on.fb.me/16z14Nv Angel Divera

    I think it has something about climate change. Mindanao for so many years perhaps centuries never have that calamities that succeeded by another in just few months or weeks with the other, and never was the target of typhoon until lately. I think I blame the all the people living in this world not just China, if you don’t buy China crap products then they have nothing to produce and best of all nothing to pollute.


      99.69 % of everything touched by finger is made in China. Only midnight angels is from Philipine origin. Buy Philippine, the sweetest of all sales  …….. weeeeeee >>>> ???  

      • $18209031

        You can have all the hepatitis laced food stuff made in RP. Maging dilaw kulay mo walang isang  buwan.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Di na nga mahinga mga Tao sa China sa Sobrang polusyon. Dagdagan pa ng hepatitis naku million. Ano pa? a SARS naku million din. Kaya wag kayo bumili ng Peking duck galing China may dalang sakit yan.


    China is the biggest pollutant on earth.

    • $18209031

      Kayumangmangs are the disease carriers on earth , from east to west and north to south. They spread their brown disease with no cure in sight.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000413667803 Dennis Tamangui

        You are racist 

  • dodong1

    accountability ang dapat na kailangan..it is a combination of different reasons kaya panay panay ang baha sa ating bansa..pollutions from industrial countries, illegal loggings, illegal minings etc..blaming game ay parating gigawa ng mga Pinoy instead na harapin ang nangyayari at gumawa ng ibang preventive measures para ang minimize ang damages at human casualties dahil sa sakunang mga nangyayari…

  • jun82

    Agree!, makikita nyo sa mindanao halos USAID projects.. hindi naman alam ng karamihan kung anung kapalit nito sa US, to think hindi kikilos yan sila pag walang KAPALIT, lahat nalang ng RAW MATERIALS sa atin kinukuha at hindi naman ang pinas ang nakikinabang.,, Ay sori.. may nakikinabang din pala yung mga politiko lang hindi naman cgro lahat pero karamihan.

  • mememine

    Science only agrees it is real, not a real crisis. The political world of science played us like fools for 27 years and real planet lovers are happy a crisis was exaggerated, not disappointed.

    911: “911, what is your emergency?” Scientist: “I think my planet could be on fire maybe.” A catastrophic “climate” can’t be real when none of the IPCC warnings say it WILL defiantly happen, just “might” and “potentially” and “likely” etc. could happen? And science only agrees it is “real” and “happening” and “COULD” cause unstoppable warming and never have they said the worst crisis imaginable WILL happen most definitely. So who is saying it “WILL” happen? -only lazy copy and paste news editors and politicians and ideologues riding the back of exaggerated climate change fears. It’s been 27 years now of intensive research and almost all of it was into effects not causes of an assumed to be real crisis of climate change. These lab coat consultants played us like fools. How close to the point of no return from complete runaway unstoppable warming will the world of science take us before they stop saying “maybe” and start saying “will be”? How many climate blame believers does it take to change a light bulb? None, but they do have full consensus that it WILL change……maybe.

  • $18209031

    Ayan na Mr Duterte , tatagain ka na sa mga Kanong CIA operatives dyan sa Davao ! If you say bad about US of A, yari ka.  ANg daming mga Special Ops naka estasyon dyan sa  Zamboanga pa naman. Warning lang sir, Dont inject USA into the problem for they will not like it.  Kayus are good at yakyakan gaya ng itum sa Tate. They look for scapegoats and gumagawa ng kwentong pang kalye.

    The Kanos will shut your mouth before you can utter another word against them. Mag ingat ka lang sir.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000413667803 Dennis Tamangui

      so anyone who will speak against the “kanos” will be shutted”?  don`t you think he would  just blabber without knowing or gathering facts?

      your comment is like a movie script 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000094101447 Marcus Hementera

      that’s stupidity mr. kaya tayo nabubully ng China ehh kasi yang mga ganyang pagiisip pinapairal. porke malaki kalaban mananahimik na?? takot ka pala ehh. kaya ikaw ang manahimik.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000614790358 Thalia Barquilla S

        exactly right marcus…ang mga taong yan di pa nka punta sa davao…i think duterte pwede mg run ng president kc walang takot, at naging malinis at peaceful ang davao….see…bawal manigarilyo sa public….walang paputok sa christmas season…effective….taxi , u dont need to go outside just to wait taxi…just phone d cab at andyan na.

  • alconce

    What has this guy accomplishedt in his more than 20 years as mayor? He always blames everybody except himself. But the people of Davao thinks he’s god sent. Now that is the problem. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000413667803 Dennis Tamangui

      what? ask the people of Davao :) 

    • Alienated Gatan

      alam mo brad, hindi naman lahat ng tao ipinanganak na perpekto. may mga taong magaling sa ibang larangan pero minsan nagkakamali din yan. bago ka makialam ng mayor ng davao, may nagagawa ba talaga yang mayor nyo jan ngayon kung san ka man naroroon? lol

      • alconce

        Mr. Gatan, there is a big difference between people who makes mistakes and admit them and people who makes mistakes but never admits them   blaming others instead. The former rectifies his mistake while the latter don’t.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3B3YXABXH62INBURG3BZF3CRI Patrick

       alconce, kung taga saan ka naman ito lang matutunong ko sayo do u have a 100% Peace and Order situation? malaya ka ba to go around the city with a peaceful and free mind?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    Naku Duterte wala ka namang ginawa sa Davao na maganda. Patayan yan ang signatura mo dYan daming naniniwala sayo. Punta ka dito sa Paranaque kung magawa mo yan. Akala mo kasi sa sarili mo ikaw ang pinakamagaling eh. Pulpol ka naman. Bwiset ka!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

      Puso mo brad. Ang taong may bayag, kahit saan mo dalhin, may magagawa.
      Nakapunta ka na ba sa Davao? Baka airport lang di ka pa nakapasok.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Wala pa sa Pulitika ang uggok na yan dyan na ako. Ang tapang nga. Airport palang d makapasok? Dili mo man ko pag pahuga uy. Duterte kasi ang style bulok. Pag nakita ko yan sasapakin ko tlaga yan. Pag may nabalitang may sumapak kay Duterte na Bulok ako na yon.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stephanysobrecareyg Stephany Sobrecarey Larena

        Too harsh words pero walang substance. Malaya kaming MATITINO gumala magdamag sa DAVAO, kaya’t huwag mo agad husgahan ang mga patayang nangyayari dito.

      • alconce

         ‘huwag mo agad husgahan ang mga patayang nangyayari dito.’
        Sige na nga. ‘wag na natin husgahan ang mga “patayang nangyayari” diyan.

      • Alienated Gatan

        ganun talaga ang mga may daga sa dibidb. ang tapang tapang sa cyberworld, kabalaliktaran naman sa totoong buhay. parang alam ko na kung bakit napaka tapang mo sa cyberworld. dhil ang totoo, binubully ka lang ng mga kapitbahay mo. PISOT!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

      siraulo ka. nasa pangalan mo pati sa comments mo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rommel.belarmino Lemmor Onimraleb

       sir raul…. noted lng po.. mga pinapatay dito sa DAVAO ay yung mga salot sa lipunan

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephanysobrecareyg Stephany Sobrecarey Larena

      Your idea doesn’t help…. 

    • Marc Magno

      Hoy RAul Atlease Safe Kami Dito sa mga Masasamang Loob… eh ikaw ??? ano nagawa mo?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3B3YXABXH62INBURG3BZF3CRI Patrick

       paranaque? really? sabi nung consultant ko lahat ng mga masasamang tao nanjan sa paranaque. ano ba nagawa ng LGU nyo nung binaha kaayo ni ondoy at last year’s habagat. ikaw ang pulpol. bwisit ka rin!!!

  • funnyboy911

    this what so great about flips they are too undeveloped and stupid to change anything.

  • johnvforeighner

    If you believe what Duarte says then you are blind and primitive, that is how the outside world sees the Philippines’s. You believe God will save you? It can only be done by good hard and honest work. But this is the paradox in the Philippines. 
    Dont blame everybody else for your faults.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1812351409 Leo Anthony Tan Labradores

    Kaya mga tao sa ibang bansa ay tini-take tayong mga pinoy as a joke, kasi mismo mga kababayan natin dito sa pinas nag aaway-away. You base your opinions on how people see Mindanao. Hindi naman lahat ng lugar sa Mindanao ay magulo. In fact mga tao dito ay napaka-payapang namumuhay. Siguro, ang iba dito sa inyo hindi pa nakapunta ng Mindanao. Wag ng magsisihan. Magtulungan nalang tayo

  • Christopher Kidwell

    First thing we should do Davaoeños: Palayasin lahat ng Chinese sa Davao. At lahat ng produkto nila ipalamon sa kanila isa-isa.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rommel.belarmino Lemmor Onimraleb

       harsh ka masyado…. baka   habulin ka ni lotus pi

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.peters.54 Lee Peters

     Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte almost sounds like a closet Communist. Tell me it’s not so Rodney………………….  

  • Mark Philip Wu

    Bravo, blame other countries for what happens in your region instead of thinking about what you could have done to prevent it. It’s always someone else’s fault isn’t it?

  • Karl Anthony Sison

    This article is an example why the media can malign other peoples thoughts.. Kung napanood nyo lang lahat sana ang buong TV program last Sunday (Jan. 27, 2013) eh di sana all of you can react in a more logical manner..

  • http://chriswayg.myid.net/ ChrisW

    After the widespread flooding of Davao City in 2002, when almost half of the city was submerged in water, the city government promised to put a river monitoring system in place in order to give early warning to residents regarding rising river levels. – Nothing has been done in the last 10 years to implement this. Thus our home in Maa was flooded waist deep on Sunday Jan. 20th without receiving any prior warning from officials. We lost a lot, because of this as did tens of thousands of other residents.

    I have these questions for the mayor and vice-mayor: Why was there not even a warning over the radio by 5AM Sunday morning, many hours after Jade Valley was already flooded? Why were there no vehicles with loud-speakers going through the neighborhoods to warn people to evacuate? Why did the city government, through the HLURB authorize these subdivisions without proper risk assessment and now don’t feel responsible for it? Where are the flood control measures that would mitigate flooding in the city, such as: dams or levees to keep the river from overflowing and river bed dredging to improve drainage into the sea? Why is there no proper drainage in large parts of the city, so that the water is still standing knee deep in some areas, even one week after the Sunday flooding? Why did government agencies for decades tolerate illegal logging (which contributes to flooding) and failed to institute proper forestry management even more the half a century after gaining independence from the US?

  • kismaytami

    Paano ba yan, sa mga taga-Mindanao na nagmamalaking hindi sila binabagyo o binabaha at tinutukoso ang mga taga-Luzon dahil laging binabaha at binabagyo. Pantay-pantay na tayo ngayon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZ5GOWXLOYQFFSPQHA5ETODDCI Rudy

     Playing the blame game again. So now Filipinos can fool themselves into thinking they have nothing to do with harming the environment?  Ok, then just ignore illegal mining, illegal logging. Just blame someone else and problem solved.

  • Seirei Tobimatsu

    Davao needs a Lee Kuan Yew.  

    • Kenneth Ravida

      No need, we have Duterte

  • KarmaGMA

    just shut up and do your thing…instead of pointing fingers you should do whatever it takes to save your city…you can’t control climate change…just pray for the best to come.

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