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1; Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte told Canada on Tuesday in a prolonged dispute over waste exported to Southeast Asia’s nation threatening to sail back to Canada.
Manila has filed several diplomatic protests against Canada over tons of waste sent to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014. Canada has said the transport was a commercial transaction and was not supported by its government.
“For Canada’s garbage I want a boat prepared,” Duterte officials said after being informed of an earthquake that struck the Philippines on Monday.
“They better pull out that thing or I’ll put in Canada and dump the garbage there,” Duterte said.
In a statement on Wednesday, the embassy embassy in Manila said officials from both countries were working on issues related to removing wastes “for a quick solution” and “to ensure that the material is treated in an environmentally responsible way”.
There have been other problems that have strained links between Manila and Ottawa.
Last year, Duterte ordered the military to cancel a $ 233 million deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada, after Ottawa expressed concern that they could be used to fight rebels.
At the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations in Manila, Duterte told Canadian premiere Minister Justin Trudeau to raise issues of his war on drugs.