Pulong wants nationwide smoking ban on beaches

Jul. 05, 2016
Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte says he will go back to a lower position if his sister, Inday Sara Duterte and brother Sebastian will run for higher positions. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte. (davaotoday.com file photo by Ace R. Morandante)

DAVAO CITY — The eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have a smoking ban on beaches in Davao City.
Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, said he wants to get involved in a nationwide campaign to save the beaches by banning smoking on beaches.

In a press release on Tuesday, July 5, Duterte said shorelines in the country “have been threatened by illegal dumping of garbage — from cigarette butt litter and empty bottles of alcoholic beverages to household and medical wastes.”

“The irresponsible disposal of cigarette butts on our beaches, if left unchecked, will be a cause of a major problem in the future,” said Duterte, who is currently the acting city mayor.

“If we are not going to do anything to stop this today, then we can only expect a bigger problem in the future,” he said.

“We want to preserve the environment. We want to keep the beauty of our beaches,” he said.

Davao City has been strictly implementing the ordinance banning smoking in public places, including beaches, since 2002. (davaotoday.com)

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