President of Philippines threatens to declare war on Canada
21:58 - 24/04/2019
Information / follow up
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterti on Wednesday threatened to "declare war" on Canada if it failed to recover more than 2,000 tons of waste it had transported to Philippine territory six years ago.
"I want to prepare a ship," Duterti said in a stern statement during a visit to the northern Manila area, which was damaged during an earthquake that hit the city recently. I will send a warning to Canada, perhaps next week, that they have to take this garbage away, otherwise I will sail to Canada and dump their waste there. "
"We are fighting Canada. I will declare war on them, I will tell Canada that their waste is on their way back. "
The Philippine president, who often uses a strong tone in his public statements, said: "They gave a great reception. Kloha if you want. Your summers go back home! "
The Philippines has made several diplomatic representations to Canada for about 103 containers containing 2,450 tonnes of waste shipped to Philippine territory by sea between 2013 and 2014.
The containers have entered the country with signs that contain plastic waste for recycling, but inspectors in the Philippines have discovered that their contents were rubbish, including dirty dirty diapers for adults and kitchen waste.
The waste was transported to the country by a ship belonging to a Canadian company that did not have a license to ship the waste to the Philippines. Some of these containers are still stranded at the port of Manila, while Canada insists that the shipment was a commercial transaction and not supported by the government.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Canadian embassy in Manila said officials from both countries were working on waste disposal issues "with a view to reaching a timely decision" and "to ensure that the materials are handled in an environmentally responsible manner." End 25 n