By Roy Mabasa
The fumigation of the tons of garbage that Canada illegally shipped to Manila six years ago is now in full swing, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet over the weekend.
This developed following the Philippine government’s rejection of Canada’s offer to ship back the trash to Ottawa by the end of June.
“The fumigation is going full speed, thanks to my friend RR it will continue to be fumigated and rapidly loaded onto the ship already contracted by CANADA despite US-PH military ops IN SUBIC,” Locsin said in his tweet.
On Friday, Malacanang said President Rodrigo Duterte will not agree to Canada’s timeline and has instead ordered the immediate return of the waste to its port.
In a separate tweet, Locsin also took a swipe at the past administration’s “all talk no action” in treating the questionable importation of the Canadian waste.
“The difference under Duterte is we catch and send it back pronto. Before all talk no action and then total silence and inactivity on our part so as not to rock the immigrant boat. Under Duterte, we like to rock and roll,” he said.
In a statement on Thursday, the Canadian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced that it will complete the removal of the garbage by the end of June.
“The removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements. The safe and environmentally sound disposal in Canada of the waste material will take place before the end of summer 2019. The costs associated with the preparation, transfer, shipment, and disposal of the waste will be assumed by the Government of Canada,” it said.