Trash talk: Philippine president to 'declare war' on Canada in waste dispute
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he is ready to “declare war” against Canada over scores of containers holding Canadian household rubbish and electronic waste that have been sitting in his country’s ports.
“I will declare war against them. I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to,” Duterte said in a televised meeting with local officials late on Tuesday. “Your garbage is coming home.”
Group urges China to probe trash shipment from a region of China, Hongkong
China should investigate the entry of mixed plastic waste shipment from Hong Kong, environmental watch group EcoWaste Coalition said as it reiterated the Philippines is not a dumping site of trash from other countries.
While the issue of garbage from Canada remains unresolved, an attempt to bring mixed plastic scraps, shredded electronics and residual waste materials from Hong Kong was discovered by the Bureau of Customs.
“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,” Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition national coordinator, said Friday.
Lucero said the move was “truly ironic,” noting that China closed its doors for plastic waste imports from overseas in 2018. China’s ban on plastic waste imports caused the surge of trash shipment to Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
“We therefore request the Chinese government to seriously look into this matter,” she said.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China.
Tons of garbage from South Korea reportedly shipped to the Philippines
Here Is What Netizens Reacted On A Pile Of Trash Sent By South Korea To Philippines. SOUTH KOREA – Netizens gave reaction to a news where a South Korea based company shipped a pile of garbage to the Philippines.
Following up in the previous article last weekend, Verde Soko, a Korean company, is supposedly sending a shipment full of synthetic plastic flakes that is going to be used to produce plastic pellets. However, the shipment contained piles and piles of garbage.
Duterte gave up West Philippine Sea says willing to ignore Hague victory for joint exploration project with China
President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday China wants the Philippines to ignore its legal victory in the South China Sea to push through with the joint oil and gas exploration deal in the disputed waters.
"Set aside your claim... They want to explore and if there is something, sabi nila, 'We would be gracious enough to give you 60 percent.' Forty [percent] lang ang kanila. That is the promise of Xi Jinping," he told reporters.
Duterte said he is amenable to the Chinese leader's request.
"Kasi ‘yang exclusive economic zone is part of the arbitral ruling, which we will ignore to come up with an economic activity," he said.
In his last visit to Beijing, Duterte raised the landmark ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea, which Xi refused to recognize.
Xi rejects Philippines' arbitral win in South China Sea in front of Duterte
Chinese President Xi Jinping rejected the Philippines' legal victory against China on the South China Sea after President Rodrigo Duterte raised the arbitral ruling during their bilateral meeting in Beijing Thursday.
"In response, President Xi reiterated his government’s position of not recognizing the arbitral ruling as well as not budging from its position," he added.
The Philippines in 2016 won a case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which invalidated China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.
However, China didn't recognize the ruling and has instead ramped up its militarization efforts in the vital waterway.