MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has reaffirmed the Philippines’ commitment to ratify a United Nations treaty against nuclear weapons at the recent International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons observance.
“In his address before the General Assembly, my President committed to the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Philippines was among the first to sign the Treaty and we will adhere to the universalization of global norms against nuclear weapons,” he said in a statement.
Locsin stressed the need for the total elimination of nuclear weapons as it continues to threaten human extinction. “We face a pandemic that has millions dying and whose end is nowhere in sight. There is still the looming existential threat of a nuclear war promising human extinction in toto or in very large swaths. The two are not that different: they both threaten the existence of humanity and civilization such as it is—not much but better than the alternative,” he added.
The Foreign Secretary pointed out that the difference between nuclear distruction and the pandemic is not small but “hugely significant” as the pandemic is “not of our doing”.
“Nuclear annihilation might happen accidentally, and if that happens, it will be entirely our fault. It’s like leaving several loaded revolvers in a kids’ playroom,” he said.
In 2017, the Philippines signed the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that outlawed nuclear weapons. The accord fortifies the nuclear disarmament architecture and represents the universalization of the world’s hope for the elimination of nuclear weapons.