MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Canada's garbage shipment will depart the Philippines on Thursday, May 30, said Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr, as he praised President Rodrigo Duterte for "pushing the right button" in the Philippines-Canada garbage row.
In a tweet, Locsin said (emphasis his): "ALL CONTAINERS CONTAINING GARBAGE CLEANED AND READY TO GO. WAITING FOR A COUPLE OF DOCUMENTS AND ROUTINE PERMISSION FROM CHINA FOR TRANSSHIPMENT TO CANADA. DEPARTURE IS MAY 30. Anybody gets in the way one way or another, I will screw you dry. Don't provoke me."
To a Twitter user who said this was "nice to know," Locsin said Filipinos should thank Duterte, who solved the issue created under his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, popularly known as PNoy.
"That's not only nice to know; it is nicer to be appreciative. To President Duterte for pushing the right button – believe me no one advised him – and to Canada for fully cooperating to get it done as he wanted: pronto. Created under PNoy; left to fester 4 years; solved by Duterte," said Locsin.
Canada earlier announced it has hired a company to ship out its garbage from the Philippines by the end of June.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday, May 29, that Canada will shoulder "the cost of reshipment from Manila to Vancouver, estimated at P10 million."
"The container vans will be loaded on vessels owned by 3 shipping companies," Guevarra also said.
The Canadian garbage smuggled into the Philippines by private importers has been a long-festering diplomatic issue, starting from Aquino's presidency.
It began in 2013 when 1,300 tons of waste materials were illegally shipped by Ontario-based company Chronic Incorporated to the Philippines. (READ: TIMELINE: Canada garbage shipped to the Philippines)
Despite fierce outcry from environmentalists, Canada initially refused to bring the garbage back to Canadian soil, citing a lack of authority to compel the private shipper to return the garbage to the country. – Rappler.com
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