PH stand on Canada’s trash ‘non-negotiable’ - Malacanang

PH stand on Canada’s trash ‘non-negotiable’ - Malacanang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made his message be heard, and that is the Philippines will never be a dumpsite of somebody’s garbage.
Earlier this week, the President demanded from Canada to take back its garbage- all 103 container vans of it, that was sent here in the country during 2013-2014.
residential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said the demand of President Duterte for Canada to take back tons of garbage is “non-negotiable.”

Canada during the year 2013-2014 under the Aquino administration was able to send 103 container vans full of garbage (photo credit to owner)
The Canadian embassy has made a statement reiterating it’s commitment to retrieve the trash, but was vague as to the time frame when it will start.
Panelo described Canada’s response as “quick but vague.”
“We take note that its response is not appropriate to the strong statement we made against its throwing its garbage to our land,” Panelo said in a statement.
“Our stand against its making our country a garbage bin of their waste is non-negotiable. It cannot dilly dally on its getting them back. It must retrieve them pronto or we throw them back to its shores,” he added.
Panelo, meanwhile, warned the failure of Canada to retrieve its trash could harm its current bilateral relations with the country.
“The 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries will be put to naught if Canada will not act with dispatch and finality the resolution of this undiplomatic episode to which we take outrage,” Panelo said.
“That it even considered performing such outlandish disposal of its garbage to an ally is dangerously disruptive of our bilateral relations,” he added.
Panelo said no amount of discussion could resolve what he described as Canada’s “offensive act” to turn the Philippines into a dumpsite.
“Its offensive act cannot be countenanced and any further discussion on the matter is unwelcome and unnecessary,” Panelo said.
“Not only has it not taken any decisive action on this arrant hostile demeanor, it has not likewise expressed regrets thereto,” he added.
Canadian Embassy‘s response
Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes vowed to resolve the trash issue but has noted the existence of some “legal and other issues” that needed to be resolve first.
"Our Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau) committed and has recommitted to resolving this issue, including taking the waste back to Canada,” Holmes said, noting Canada can only do it in partnership of the government of the Philippines

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