Philippines vows committment to fight bioweapon proliferation

Philippine Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., recently announced that the Philippines is fully committed to initiatives by foreign governments and international organizations to fight the proliferation of biological weapons.

Ochoa, who heads the cabinet cluster on security, justice and peace, made the comments at the Biological Weapons Convention Conference Week for East Asia and the Pacific held in Makati City, according to

“It is no comfort that man’s capacity for invention was for good and for bad," Ochoa said, reports. "And while we have inventions that enhance health, vigor and longevity, there are an equal number of inventions that have greater and varied capacities to inflict harm or bring death to humans and all living things.”

The secretary said that with the support of the United Nations and an increasing number of international organizations dedicated to monitoring, regulating and controlling biological weapons, the situation can be turned around.

“Shall we surrender our optimism to the proliferation of biological pathogens of destruction?" Ochoa said, according to "We definitely are not giving up. We are fighting for the very survival of humankind itself."

The Philippines is currently hosting a regional workshop for countries from East Asia and the Pacific to help prepare for the Biological Weapons Convention 7th Review Conference, which will be held in December 2011.

Ochoa is also the chairman of the Philippines Anti-Terrorism Council.