Still short on innovation: Duterte ain’t impressed by solar energy’s potential
President Rodrigo Duterte believes the Philippines will continue to be hugely reliant on oil for its energy needs due go lack of innovation in the renewable energy sector, particularly solar power.
Duterte made his thoughts about solar power known in a speech in Las Piñas City Thursday (December 13).
“Hindi pa panahon ng mga itong innovations sa bago. Kulang pa ang solar. It has yet to be perfected. There’s a lot of it I know, but we have not reached the apex of innovation on that particular field,” he said.
Duterte said the country’s heavy reliance on oil is the reason why prices of goods go up at the instant that oil costs more in the international market.
“Every time there’s an oil increase, lahat ‘yan two weeks after, 15 days after, the prices of everything follow suit. Kaya kung maski patayin ninyo ako, sunugin niyo yung Congress, wala talaga tayong magawa because we are dependent on oil,” he said.