EcoWaste Coalition: Duterte admin “really serious” about having trash returned to Canada

(Eagle News)—EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday, May 18, hailed the administration’s seriousness in having the trash shipped by Canada to the Philippines six years ago returned.

Aileen Lucero, national coordinator group, made the remark  in an interview over GMA News TV’s Balitanghali, after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin announced the recall of Philippine envoys in Canada following the North American country’s failure to meet the May 15 deadline for the 103 containers of approximately 2500 tons of garbage to be returned.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to wage war against Canada if it did not resolve the problem.

“Ang pagtingin ng EcoWaste Coalition diyan at iba-ibang environmental group ay talaga namang seryoso ang pamahalaan na ibalik ang basura sa pinagmulan sa Canada at seryoso din ang ating Presidente na hindi tayo tambakan ng basura,” Lucero said.

EcoWaste Coalition has long been pushing Canada to recall the trash which continues to languish in a landfill in Tarlac.

In January, the group sent  letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to call on the Canadian government to resolve the problem.

“We respectfully request that the Canadian government provide a clear and definite date by which it will repatriate its garbage so that this protracted ordeal can finally be promptly ended,” she had said.