By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon
As the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties or COP 21 opens in Paris, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., reminded President Aquino on Monday not to leverage disasters for political ends, like what his administration allegedly did in Tacloban City after the monster storm Yolanda stuck the country two years ago.
In a statement issued at the weekend, Marcos said that, instead of politicizing relief and rehabilitation efforts after disasters strike, the government should step up proactive preparations for the increasing severity of natural calamities brought about by changing weather patterns.
"We have a lot to do in terms of being able to provide the relief goods. I think the single most important lesson that we have to continue to remind ourselves is, politics has no place in the calamity area. Buhay na ng tao ito. Ibang usapan ito (Lives of people are at stake. This is a different matter)," Marcos asserted.
Marcos said, "we should have learned from the lessons of super-typhoon Yolanda in improving our capability to mitigate the effects of disasters brought about by climate change.
"We know what those lessons are, the challenge is how to implement them."
The 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties, or COP21, which began in Paris Monday aims to unite some 150 nations for a single agreement tackling climate change by capping the rate of global warming at 2 degrees Celsius - compared to the current 2.5 to 3.76 degrees Celsius.
On COP21, Marcos said that, no matter what the agreement will be reached in the Paris climate change summit, "we can no longer ignore the reality that we will be facing stronger typhoons, more massive flooding, landslides and other natural disasters as a result of climate change.
"The prudent thing to do now is step up our preparedness. We have to take a proactive approach. We are saying, unahan na natin (Let's be one step ahead)."