Immediate return of trash to Canada ordered: Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte


Manila: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered “immediate” return of garbage containers to Canada after Ottawa did not comply with a deadline to remove the waste it had sent six years ago, officials said on Wednesday. The order came after the Philippines recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada last week in response to the expiry of the May 15 deadline it had given Ottawa. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte was “outraged” by Canada’s inaction in collecting tonnes of waste that it illegally shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014. Panelo said, “If Canada didn’t accept its trash, then “we will leave the same within its territorial waters or 12 nautical miles out to sea from the baseline of any of their country’s shores”, Efe news reported. (IANS)