By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte warned Canada to take back the garbage they sent to the Philippines in 2013 immediately or he will send it back to them while also raising the possibility of going to war against their country.
Duterte made the statement as he concluded the situation briefing on the effects of the Luzon quake in San Fernando, Pampanga Tuesday evening.
According to Duterte, he cannot understand why Canada would treat the Philippines like a dump site for their garbage.
“I cannot understand why they are making us a dumpsite, and that is not the only case on point. Papasunod-sunod ‘yan na pinapadala yung basura sa atin (They have been gradually shipping their garbage to us). Well, not this time. Magkaaway kami ng… (we are not in good terms),” he said.
“Eh, ‘di ano, awayin natin ang Canada. We’ll declare war against them, kaya man natin ‘yan sila (We can handle them),” he added.
Duterte asked the Department of Finance (DOF) to prepare a boat so they can send back Canada’s garbage back to their country.
“I want a boat prepared. I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail, doon sa Canada ibuhos ko ‘yang basura nila doon (I will dump all of their garbage there),” he said.
“Isaoli ko talaga. Tignan mo. Ikarga mo ‘yan doon sa barko (I will really return it, just you wait), load the containers to a ship, and I will advise Canada that, ‘Your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to,'” he added.
Duterte then asked Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero to consider not allowing Canada to “drop anchor” in the Philippines.
“Just tell them go back to where you came from. I will not allow that kind of shit sa ating bayan (in our country),” he said.
“Sumusobra itong mga (These Canadians are going too far)… They extend itong mga (these) educational grants but on condition that we will accept their shit and their garbage. Hindi ako papayag (I will not accept that),” he added.
“Kaya ikarga uli natin ‘yan pabalik sa kanila. Sabihin ko (So let’s their garbage back. I’ll tell Canada), ‘Prepare your… and celebrate because your garbage is coming home.’ Yung iba, mga limang truck ibuhos mo diyan sa (For the others, just dump them in front of the) Canadian Embassy,” he continued.
The President then reiterated how Canada said they will only sell choppers to the Philippines on the condition that the government will not use them against Filipinos.
“Loko-loko pala kayo (You are crazy, then). My own citizens are cutting the neck of my soldiers and policemen. My own citizens are declaring war to oust everybody,” Duterte said.
In 2013, a total of 55 container vans of garbage from Canada were discovered by Customs authorities in the Manila seaport. The shipments were allowed into the country because they were allegedly disguised as recyclable plastics.
During his visit to the Philippines in November 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to resolving the issue on his country’s garbage shipment to the Philippines.
“I know it has been a long-standing irritant and I committed to him [Duterte], and I’m happy to commit to all of you now that Canada is very much engaged in finding a solution on that,” Trudeau said in a press conference during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila almost two years ago.
Trudeau also explained that Canada was not able to collect the garbage back due to legal restrictions on the part of their country which he noted were already resolved.
“One of the early barriers was the Canadian legal regulations, which prevented us from receiving the waste back in Canada, even though it originally came from us,” he said.
“Those regulations and impediments have now been addressed but there are still a number of questions like who will pay for, what are the consequences,” he added.
Trudeau, however, stressed that the shipment in question was a result of a private transaction and that the Canadian government did not play any role on it.