Facebook (FB) video of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos during a briefing in which he appears to be unaware of the context of the need for climate change.
Posted on September 26, the 24-second clip currently circulating online shows Marcos saying:
“Is that the trend? There he is climate change? We didn’t have anything like that before. We have been observing storms for a long time. No, no… It’s not like that. (Is that climate change? We haven’t had anything like it before. We’ve been monitoring hurricanes for a long time. No, no… (sic) It’s not like that.) Okay. Okay, so, that’s something we have to deal with.”
The caption of the post also contains the first three sentences of the statement above.
His remarks prompted some netizens to be quick to comment that the president was unaware of climate change despite addressing the issue during his speech at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 20.
Several FB users also interpreted the clip as Marcos belittling the problem or denying climate change for calling it a “trend”.
FB videos need context. The remarks were generally about the recent rapidly growing hurricane trend hitting the country and not about its unawareness or resistance to climate change.
This is an excerpt from the 52 minute video from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council situation briefing on Super Typhoon Karding on September 26 led by Marcos.
At 35:49 minutes, Energy Minister Raphael Lotilla spoke about how the electricity sector should coordinate with other agencies to prepare for the rapidly growing typhoon.
Lotila said: “Regarding the PAGASA report, this is the second time we have experienced a very rapid typhoon development. And unfortunately, October, November, December, especially the Visayas and Mindanao areas. Historically, we have experienced super typhoons during this period. So, I think, we in the electricity sector will coordinate with other agencies in preparing this. So, every typhoon has the potential to develop into a stronger one. And we have very little time to prepare.”
Marcos then asked about the recent rapidly growing hurricane trend, citing Hurricane Odette in 2021 as an example.
“Will it be a trend that typhoons develop so quickly? Odette develops over 24 hours. It wasn’t a super typhoon, then boom, it was. This one, the same. We switch from Signal No. 2 to Signal No. 5 in a three-hour, four-hour period. Is it going to be, again… Is that the trend? There he is (Is that) climate change?”
“We didn’t have anything like that before. We’ve been observing storms for a long time. No… It’s not like that. (We didn’t have it before. We’ve been monitoring typhoons for a long time. No… not like that.) Oh well. Okay, so, that’s something I have to deal with.“
The video clip went viral online a day after Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) landed in the country.
The FB video posted by a netizen garnered more than 338,000 views, 1,900 comments and 10,000 shares before being deleted. Neither the statement nor the context of the video requiring it have been reposted by other FB pages and Twitter accounts.
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