“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is so upset about the inordinate delay of Canada in shipping back its containers of garbage. We are extremely disappointed with Canada’s neither-here-nor-there pronouncements on the matter,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo said during the May 22 press briefing.
“Obviously, Canada is not taking this issue nor our country seriously. The Filipino people are gravely insulted about Canada treating this country as a dumpsite,” Panelo added
He said that “as a result of this offending delay the President has instructed the appropriate office to look for a private shipping company which will bring back Canada’s trash to the latter’s jurisdiction.”
“The government of the Philippines will shoulder all expenses and we do not mind the same,” Panelo said.
He explained that “if Canada will not accept the trash, we will leave the same within the territorial waters or 12 nautical miles out to sea from the baseline of any of their country’s shores.”
“The President’s stance is principled as it is uncompromising,” he added.
“The Philippines is an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nations. We hope this message resonates well with other countries of the world,” Panelo said.