Casiño calls for debates on environmental issues

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Teodoro Casiño. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—A day after Earth Day, senatorial hopeful Teodoro Casiño challenged his fellow candidates to a debate on issues plaguing the environment and to reveal their environmental platforms.

“At a time when the Philippines and the rest of the world are experiencing climate change and worsening disasters, it is imperative that public servants know not only how to make the economy work, but also how to protect the environment,” he said.

“I think it is very important to know where candidates stand in terms of environmental degradation and resource development,” the three-term congressman added in a statement.

Casiño said there should be a forum where the candidates could discuss environmental issues and allow  the public to ask questions. “The public needs senators who have long-term solutions to address climate change and other environmental issues instead of those who are mouthing motherhood statements to achieve their personal interests,” he said.

He said the government should prioritize biodiversity protection and the wise use of natural resources. “Renewable energy should also be developed and promoted to make electricity affordable and cleaner in the long run,” he added.

Casiño said he has long been an advocate of the environment, noting the investigations he had called for regarding reclamation, mining, genetically modified organisms, and the grounding of ships in the Tubbataha reefs.

“Often, these are issues affecting not only the environment but also the community — indigenous peoples, local livelihood and social services,” he said.

Casiño is the author of the People’s Mining Bill, which pushes for a pro-people and pro-environment mining industry, One Million Solar Roofs Act, which provides for incentives and financing facilities to encourage the use of solar energy by small electricity consumers, and the Meatless Monday Bill, which encourages the consumption of vegetables to promote good health and help lessen carbon emissions.

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  • Ramil Abalon

    ha ha ha parang mali yata si casino….dapat ang debate ay tungkol sa pinaggagawa ng NPA…paano ka butuhin nyan eh…matindi ang pang a ambush ng grupo pero ayaw mong pag usapan yan ha ah ah boto pa naman sana kita pero pag ganyan ang systema mo ha ha ha sa kangkungan ka pulutin

  • Manuel_II

    Huwag nyo iboto ang taong ito, isa syang Kuminista.

  • hu_yu

    debate mong mukha mo

  • pro gov

    otot mo casinio, manggugulo ka lang sa senado.. wag iboto ang taong to.. HUDAS SI CASINIO SA SAMBAYANANG PILIPINO..

  • pro gov

    DAPAT ANG SOLUSYUNAN NI CASINIO AY UNG MGA KATARANTADUHAN, KALOKOHAN, TERORISTA AT PANLILINLANG NA GINAGAWA NG MGA NPA SA TAONG BAYAN. LAHAT NG LUGAR NA HAWAK NG NPA AY NAGHIHIRAP O WALANG KAUNLARAN, DAHIL KAPAG MAUNLAD ANG LUGAR, WALA NA SILANG MARECRUIT O MALINLANG..

  • Mamang Pulis

    Ka Teddy—gusto ng taong bayan na maka debate mo ang isang mamang pulis at ang patungkol; ay :

    –ang iyong pananaw sa mga inyong kasama sa partido na ngayun ay tag gutom at nangingikil at gumagawa ng karahasan.

    –saan mo gagamitin ang pondo iyon makakalap kung nagkataon

    –naibunyag mo rin na hindi ka kikilos kung walang utos ni Satur, isang kilalang komunista na naka debate ni Gen. Palparan noon….sya kamo ang inyong presidente, kaya ang inyon binitawang salita na hindi kayo komunista ay hindi kapni paniwala—paano mo makukumbinsi ang boboto sa inyo?

    –ilang milyon ang ‘revolutionary tax’ ang binabayad ng SMART/GLOBE/SUN sa inyong samahan? ang Del Monte sa Bukidnon? Saan ito napupunta?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cors.guiao Cors Guiao

    Casiño’s call for environmental concerns should be taken seriously, we are in the typhoon path and yet we have the smallest forest cover, this means big floods in our country in the future. Kasi lahat na lang ng lugar pinatag or ginawang resort, subdivisions or factories, nakakatakot ang magiging results in the future. No amount of relief goods can replace whatever nature will take in the future.

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    What’s the point of debates if all elected officials do not discuss all the important issues of the country – from addressing the problem of poverty to strengthening the
    economy, to putting a stop to the steady decline of the Philippines in terms of economic ranking, progress & development and investments, to putting internal controls in government that will prevent corruption, to stopping the smuggling of gold, metals and other natural resources outside the country, to improving a DENR that will soon have nothing left to manage, to addressing the dispute with China, to addressing the Sabah claim, to stopping the poaching activities of China, to getting the huge underground economy into the Philippine taxation system, to creating accountability in government, to stopping hundreds of billions of lost revenues in Customs, etc. I can add more but these problems are enough to indicate that voting again these people who are already in the Senate and House of Representatives is a big mistake. Getting more information on what the new candidates may have to offer will be much better for the public than being fooled again by these people.

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