Amid a rock-star welcome for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and excitement for his presence at the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings, environment activist Greenpeace on Monday urged him to take back the garbage Canada dumped to the Philippines years ago.
"On social media, we can see that Filipinos from all fronts are asking if Trudeau has any plans to take back their waste, which has been a festering issue since 2013. And that is exactly our sentiment," said Abigail Aguilar, campaigner of the environment group in Southeast Asia, in a statement.
"His PR antic cannot cover the stinking Canadian waste issue as long as it is left rotting on our ports," Aguilar added.
Aguilar expressed hopes that Trudeau, who was warmly welcomed by Filipinos on Sunday, would not "let this become Canada's legacy in the Philippines."
"We welcomed him with our usual Filipino hospitality, fanfare and respect, we hope that he will also show respect to our country and our people by taking back their waste to Canada where it belongs," Aguilar said.
Twenty-six of the 50 container vans of mixed waste material shipped from Canada in 2013 were disposed at the Metro Clark landfill in Capas, Tarlac, between June 26 to July 8, 2015.
Trudeau, one of the dialogue partners of the 10-member regional block, had said in 2015 that a “Canadian solution” was being developed to solve the issue on the trash brought to the country. — LA, GMA News