President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. held the #IStandWithCarlos poster to show support for Filipino boy, Carlos Manuel, who was recently scrutinized for speaking about the climate change experience in Palau in the world stage. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Palau’s top leader expressed strong support for Filipino boy, Carlos Manuel, who was recently questioned by some netizens for speaking up in the world stage about his climate crisis experience in Palau, adding emphasis that Palau is ‘not a discriminating country.’

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. on Wednesday, October 2, said he is glad that the boy spoke up about climate crisis, reiterating that this threat is not an issue of where one comes from but an issue for the youth in general.

“Climate change is anybody’s problem. It does not matter where you’re from. Whether you’re Filipino, Palauan, Spanish or American, it’s gonna affect everybody,” the president said.

Remengesau said that it is only right that the young people air their voice about climate change, after all it is their future that is at stake the most.

“The people of tomorrow are going to be the most affected by [climate crisis]. They have every right to speak out what their future should be,” Remengesau said.

The president has even pointed out that his country is a melting pot that is welcoming of people from different places. He added that if a young Palauan would also speak up about climate crisis; he is sure that they will also speak up on behalf of the young people in the world.

Young Palauans and other supporters from Palau also stood for Manuel, saying they appreciate that he had represented Palau in the fight against climate crisis.

Manuel, 17, is from the Philippines but he grew up in Palau and considers it his home. Hi lives in the country with his family for many years.

The #IStandWithCarlos went viral on Facebook in Palau last weekend as a show of support for Manuel after some individuals scrutinized his sharing of climate change experience in Palau in one of the events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Manuel was one of the 16 kids that filed a petition to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to hold Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, and Turkey accountable for their inaction on climate crisis. The five countries were named in the complaint because they are the nations that ratified the convention that have the highest carbon emissions. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)