In 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte derided the historic Paris climate change agreement as "kalokohan (nonsense)."
Fast-forward to April 2021, his administration has submitted a climate commitment to that Paris deal that is even bigger than the commitment proposed by Aquino administration.
Many things led to that reversal – from his own Cabinet urging him to support the Paris agreement, to him assigning Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to lead the Climate Change Commission for him, to very active civil society groups keeping a close eye on government.
Rappler reporter Pia Ranada speaks to environmental scientist Rex Barrer of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities about the Philippines' submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the political leadership behind it.
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