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Eat it if you want to': Filipino President Duterte lashes out over Canadian cargo of trash

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Eat it if you want to': Filipino President Duterte lashes out over Canadian cargo of trash

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Eat it if you want to': Filipino President Duterte lashes out over Canadian cargo of trash

More than 100 of the containers were shipped to Manila by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014
The Canadian Press · Posted: Apr 23, 2019 2:18 PM ET | Last Updated: 6 hours ago



The president of the Philippines says that if Canada doesn't take back tonnes of trash within the next week, he will "declare war" and ship the containers back himself.

Filipino media outlets are reporting that Rodrigo Duterte made threats Tuesday about dozens of shipping containers filled with Canadian household and electronic garbage that has been rotting in a port near Manila for nearly six years.

More than 100 of the containers were shipped to Manila by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014, improperly labelled as plastics for recycling. Customs inspectors discovered they actually contained garbage, including soiled adult diapers and kitchen trash.

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"I'll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail," said Duterte in a video broadcast by RTVM, the media arm of the president's office.

"I will declare war against them. I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to."

"Your garbage is coming home."

Canada has been trying for nearly six years to convince the Philippines to dispose of the garbage there, even though a Filipino court ordered the trash returned to Canada in 2016.



Last week, a British Columbia lawyer said in a legal brief that Canada is in violation of the international Basel Convention, which forbids developed nations from sending their toxic or hazardous waste to developing nations without informed consent.

A spokesperson for federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said Canada is looking into the issue.

"Canada is strongly committed to collaborating with the Philippines government to resolve this issue and is aware of the court decision ordering the importer to ship the material back to Canada," said Sabrina Kim in an email to CBC News.

"A joint technical working group, consisting of officials from both countries, is examining the full spectrum of issues related to the removal of the waste with a view to a timely resolution.

"In 2016, we amended our own regulations around hazardous waste shipments to prevent such events from happening again. We are committed to working collaboratively to ensure the material is processed in an environmentally responsible way."

With files from the CBC's Catharine Tunney
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Mmmm.... Soiled adult diapers...
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Canada have huge land but still transfers garbage to a smaller country.
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test9251 wrote: Canada have huge land but still transfers garbage to a smaller country.
Southern Ontario ships garbage to Michigan too.
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They shouldn’t have to put up with our shit. I wonder what the pretence was. Did they expect us to ship them timber o Celine Dion cds? I can’t imagine how inept a government has to be to just ship garbage to a foreign country and expect no recourse. Here, take it or we stop taking your people here and look for nannies else where?
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martin88 wrote: How many of you actually read the details of how this came about? It wasn't actually the Canadian government shipping the garbage; it was apparently a private Canadian business in the recycling business who misrepresented their shippmemt and later abandoned the cargo.

To me the government shouldn't be responsible for the action of their citizens abroad. Saying this is 'Canada's garbage' is just sensationalistic. Fix your own problem, Philippines, and stop embarrassing yourself as a bottom feeding third world country.
That’s convenient. Washing your hands in it doesn’t further relations. That company should face some hefty fines and ordered to bring it back or find another location.

Wouldn’t you be upset if a Philippines company misrepresented itself and brought their crap over here?
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I don’t blame the Philippines in the least. The Canadian government needs to pay to have this crap shipped back, dispose of it ourselves, release the name of the CEO and company that sent it, fine the crap out of them and sue for restitution.
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loserga wrote: Southern Ontario ships garbage to Michigan too.
That stopped years ago
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PCUSER wrote: I don’t blame the Philippines in the least. The Canadian government needs to pay to have this crap shipped back, dispose of it ourselves, release the name of the CEO and company that sent it, fine the crap out of them and sue for restitution.
this didnt happen under the current governments watch...why are they the ones getting blamed and being held accountable?...find the private citizens or whoever is responsible.
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cardguy wrote: this didnt happen under the current governments watch...why are they the ones getting blamed and being held accountable?...find the private citizens or whoever is responsible.
No one is getting blamed.
Philippines just wants our mislabeled garbage out of their country. No matter who started it (and, by the way, it has been going on for generations as we ship our garbage to India, China and other places, on the watch of various governments).
Thing is, Trudeau is in power now and has been asked to do something for the past 4 years ( a Filipino court ordered the trash returned to Canada in 2016) and has not done anything .
The Government cannot give to anybody anything that the Government does not first take from somebody else.
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While we are at it, lets cut off aide to the Philippines. Im sick and tired of countries trying to bully other countries. This is just a huge propaganda for the useless president of the Philippines. All talk no action.

Side note, would love to see Cebu :)
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test9251 wrote: Canada have huge land but still transfers garbage to a smaller country.
Don't Canada also produces killer Asbestos and sells to third world country's? From Quebec?
Canada has habit of doing wrong things and still trumpet as Honest and peaceful and environment friendly.
I dont care about Ethics, morals, rules or laws. I will apologies only when I get caught.
I try not to apologies but sometimes do it. not because its right thing but it benefits me.
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callernamet wrote: Don't Canada also produces killer Asbestos and sells to third world country's? From Quebec?
Canada has habit of doing wrong things and still trumpet as Honest and peaceful and environment friendly.
but you still live here...if it bothers you so much...go support and live in a country that falls within your morals...or are you a hypocrite?
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I really don't understand how this is dragged on for so long.
It certainly isn't Philippines' fault.
Some private company messed it up, and isn't owning their fault.
Our government for whatever reason don't take any action to force the company to fix their mistakes.

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