In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. after the latter took his oath of office before the president during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace. Following his order to recall Philippine diplomats in Canada, Locsin said Duterte's remarks against Canada over its garbage in the country should be taken seriously and not metaphorically.
Presidential photo/Simeon Celi Jr.
Duterte's threat of war on Canada should be taken seriously, Locsin says
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - May 16, 2019 - 11:47am

MANILA, Philippines — Following his order to recall Philippine diplomats, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncements against Canada should be taken seriously.

The president earlier threatened to declare war on Canada if it does not take back the containers of garbage that a private company shipped to the Philippines illegally between 2013 and 2014.

While presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte's remarks on the North American country were just a "figure of speech," the Philippines' top diplomat said otherwise.

"When the President speaks as he did to the extent of 'declaring war on Canada' for its garbage here, he is to be take seriously and not metaphorically; at least I do because I do not think I know better than he does. Some of his officials do," Locsin said on Twitter Thursday morning.

Citing Canada's failure to meet its May 15 deadline to take back the remaining 69 containers of trash from the Philippines, Locsin sent letters to recall the Philippine ambassador and consuls to the North American country.

"And we shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there," Locsin tweeted.

On May 1, Locsin also tweeted that the garbage illegally shipped to the Philippines six years ago would be sent back to Canada in 15 days.

The DFA chief stressed that while the Philippine government may consider up to three weeks of delay, this does not mean that the deadline is extended.

Locsin also revealed that what triggered him to recall the country's diplomats in Canada was the latter's failure to show up at a meeting with the Bureau of Customs.

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: May 24, 2019 - 11:16am

A private Canadian company shipped more than 100 containers of household waste to Manila in 2013 and 2014 and have since stayed. (Bureau of Customs photo)

May 24, 2019 - 11:16am
Amid tensions over the Canada trash shipped in the Philippines, the EcoWaste Coalition raises its condemnation of the latest attempt to dump garbage into the country, this time mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong, China.
 
"We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea," says EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero.
 
EcoWaste joined officials of the Bureau of Customs last Wednesday in inspecting a one 40-foot container van containing 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories,” the group says in a release today. 
 
The shipment that came from Hong Kong arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Jan. 2, 2019 on board SITC Fujian. The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.
May 24, 2019 - 11:12am
Amid tensions over the Canada trash shipped in the Philippines, the EcoWaste Coalition raises its condemnation of the latest attempt to dump into the country, this time mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong, China.
 
"We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea," says EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero.
 
EcoWaste joined officials of the Bureau of Customs last Wednesday in inspecting a one 40-foot container van containing 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories,” the group says in a release today. 
 
The shipment that came from Hong Kong arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Jan. 2, 2019 on board SITC Fujian. The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.
May 22, 2019 - 6:34pm

Ban Toxics will hold a rally in front of the Senate on Friday morning to demand the return of waste from Canada that was illegally shipped to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014.

"The wound of disrespect has never healed—it was in fact, seasoned with salt when the Canadian Government failed to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s set deadline on May 15, 2019 for them to take back their trash," Ban Toxics says.

The group points out that the Philippines is a party to the Basel Convention against shipping hazardous wastes to less developed countries, "Canada has victimized us and disregarded our right as a Party to the Convention the moment they illegally shipped their wastes to our lands."

"The mass will not stop making noise until this injustice has been put to balance. We at BAN Toxics demand the Canadian government to take the huge volume of hazardous wastes back to their country and lift the burden off the Philippine Government and its people. Moreover, we call on to the Philippine Senate to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment and altogether prohibit the transboundary movement of all wastes from rich countries to poor countries," the group also says.
 

May 16, 2019 - 8:49am

"To our posts in Canada: You have your orders. You are recalled. Get the next flight out," tweets Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. after announcing that a recall order has been issued after Canada missed the May 15 deadline to remove the garbage from Manila.

May 16, 2019 - 8:45am

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. releases an order recalling the Philippine ambassador and consuls in Ottawa despite the large number of Filipinos residing in the North American country.

The surprise move came after Canadian company missed the Manila-imposed May 15 deadline to have the garbage containers shipped back to Canada.

Those with Filipino ethnicity make up 2.4% or more than 850,000 of the Canadian population, 2010 data shows.

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