Vice President Leni Robredo, who is running for president in this year’s national elections, emerged as the “greenest candidate” in a study conducted by pro-environment groups.
An alliance of pro-environment groups that call themselves Luntiang Bayan evaluated how green the electoral platforms of the candidates are.
The evaluation used “credible online sources” to research on the candidates’ platforms and track records based on and eight-point environment agenda.
Among the issues that were used to assess the platforms of the candidates are: sustainable development; food sovereignty; solid waste management; environmental justice; animal welfare and wildlife protection; biodiversity and ecosystem protections; adaptation to climate change; and pandemic response.
Robredo scored the highest in four of the eight points, specifically in sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, pandemic response, and food sovereignty.
The vice president is followed by labor leader Leody de Guzman and Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Senator Ping Lacson, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno are at the bottom three.
Francis Pangilinan and Professor Walden Bello got the highest scorers, followed by Dr. Willy Ong, Senator Vicente Sotto, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and Congressman Lito Atienza.
“We need leaders who have the political will to steer the country away from the current environmentally destructive policies to one that will conserve and rehabilitate the environment for the survival of Filipinos,” read a statement from the group Luntiang Bayan.
“The environment agenda of the candidate is very important because it is a national issue, it is an election issue,” said Trixie Concepcion, regional director for Asia Pacific of Earth Island Institute.
The groups under Luntiang Bayan clarified that the announcement is not an endorsement, but is only a “guide” to the public.
“We need a leader who has the right answer to the climate emergency,” said Concepcion.
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