By Roy Mabasa
Canada is “fully cooperating” in bringing back the tons of waste it illegally shipped to the Philippines about six years ago, Foreign Affairs Tedoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet Monday.
Locsin was responding to a post of a netizen who praised the government for “stepping up” and not allowing a rich country like Canada to “bully us.”
“They’re not bullying us, they’re fully cooperating in taking back the garbage pronto. It is our fellow natives who imported the trash, as they keep doing from other countries. It takes 2 to tango and we take the lead in the dance of garbage dumping,” the foreign affairs chief said.
Locsin posted the tweet shortly after Malacanang directed all government agencies to diminish official contacts with Canada as an offshoot of Ottawa’s failure to meet the May 15 deadline to haul the 69 trash-filled containers back to its port.
On Sunday, Locsin uploaded several photos of the trash-filled container vans that are currently undergoing fumigation process in Subic port.
In one of the photos, Locsin showed an unidentified Canadian “overseeing the fumigation.”
He earlier said that the fumigation is going “full speed” and the containers will be “rapidly loaded” to a ship already contracted by Canada.
“Hi ho hi ho. We’re still fumigato. But all 69 containers are in Subic yo. Don’t get in my way or I’ll screw yo. Dry,” Locsin said in his tweet accompanied by several photos of containers stacked one over the other.
The DFA secretary, however, did not say as to when the containers of garbage would sail back to Canada.