Duterte signs aerial spray ban amid Yap’s call

It’s final, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the city’s ordinance banning aerial spraying amid calls for him to veto it.


Duterte said he signed the ordinance Thursday, a day ahead of his meeting with Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap who came to intercede in behalf of the banana industry.


Duterte’s decision rebuffed allegations he will veto the ordinance over Yap’s intervention and an appeal for reconsideration from the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association.


Both leaders expressed they understood each other’s side on the issue, but Yap said he expects a “status quo” in the legislation awaiting a proposed win-win formula from PBGEA.


Duterte, however, said they will proceed with the banning by publishing the ordinance soonest. He said after publication, the industry has three months to phase out aerial spraying as the ordinance orders.


He said chances of a “happy compromise” could come in the future, not now.


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