Duterte: I will sign climate agreement after Cabinet decision

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President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the media at the Davao International Airport, right after arriving from a 3-day official visit in Japan.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - President Duterte on Monday announced that he will honor the Paris Agreement although he's personally against it.

During an oath-taking ceremony of National Press Club, Duterte said his Cabinet unanimously agreed to ratify the treaty.

The Paris Agreement, which is under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), aims to curb global warming by reducing carbon emissions in signatory countries.

Duterte said that "after much debate," he will go along with his Cabinet's decision. He also said there would be sanctions if the country chooses to junk the Paris deal. 

"Ako ngayon, hindi talaga ko kampante [Right now, I am not complacent]. Of course, we are now bound if we sign it. But in matters of enforcement, if you say it's a binding treaty, there's a sanction. So if you don't [sign it], there's something coming up your way," Duterte said.

Duterte has been known to be against the Paris deal since the campaign period. He said the United Nations does not penalize industrialized countries that commit environmental violations.

As a Party to the UNFCC Convention, the Philippines has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 0.34 percent by year 2030. But it has yet to submit its instruments of ratification or documents proving that it accepts the agreement.

On November 4, the Paris Agreement entered into force after 55 countries--comprising around 55 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions--ratified the deal.

As of this writing, a hundred countries have adopted the treaty. Among them are "big polluters" China and the United States. More countries are expected to follow in the coming days.