PHILIPPINES — President Rodrigo Duterte berated the nation of Canada on Tuesday in a long-running dispute over waste exported to the southeast Asia nation, threatening to sail it back to Canada.
Manila has filed several diplomatic protests with Canada over tons of waste shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014. Canada has said the shipment was a commercial transaction and was not backed by its government.
After a briefing on the Monday earthquake in Luzon, Duterte told officials this:
“For Canada’s garbage, I want a boat prepared. I will give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out, or I will set sail to Canada and dump their garbage there.”
”We will declare war. Loaded the containers with a ship and advise Canada, I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to.”