Take back garbage or ‘we will declare war: Duterte to Canada’s Trudeau

President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte/Image: Philstar

Philippines’ President Duterte reportedly warned to “declare war” against Canada within the next week if the Trudeau’s government fails to remove tons of garbage that was earlier sent to Manila.

Duterte, in statements broadcasted by Philippines state media and reported by The Canadian Press, said he will “give a warning to Canada maybe the following week that they better pull that garbage out or I will set sail.”

“I will declare a war against them. I will advise Trudeau that your garbage is on the way. Get ready for a grand reception. Eat it if you want to,” he said. “Your garbage is coming home.”

The garbage reportedly consists of electronic and general household waste.

Environmental activists protesting in front of the Canadian Embassy in Makati in 2015/Image: Getty Image

Between 2013-2014, Canada shipped tons of trash in 103 containers to this South East Asian nation and in the years since, has been pushing the Philippines to dispose of it.

When Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau visited Manila in 3 years back in 2015, he said that a “Canadian solution” was being prepared and said the situation would not repeat again.

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Md. Faiz Ansari

Md. Faiz Ansari is an Associate Editor at The Kootneeti. He can be reached at mdfaiz@thekootneeti.in

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