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Canada takes garbage back from Philippines, ending long dispute

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:37 PM

A cargo vessel loaded with about 69 containers of rubbish docked in a port on the outskirts of Vancouver, says an Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

Philippines lifts restrictions on official trips to Canada

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The diplomatic row caused by the presence of 69 container vans of garbage from Canada in the Philippines appears to be at an end

Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition staged a die-in protest in Makati on May 21, 2019, calling on the Canadian government to comply with the Basel convention. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Canada's trash finally leaves Philippines

May 31, 2019 - 9:08 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr writes on Twitter as the garbage-loaded MV Bavaria set sail for Canada early Friday morning, May 31

The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Canada starts removing garbage from Subic port

May 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities are expecting that the transfer of the 69 container vans to MV Bavaria will be completed by Friday morning, May 31

MV BAVARIA. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads 'Philippines is not a dumpsite' during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Locsin says 'departure' of Canada garbage on May 30

May 28, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr praises President Rodrigo Duterte 'for pushing the right button' and Canada 'for fully cooperating to get it done as he wanted'

GARBAGE ROW. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a protest on April 29, 2019, calling on Canada to take back its garbage dumped in the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Canada taps firm to ship out its garbage from Philippines by end of June

May 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM

'The removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements,' says the Canadian government

TAKE IT BACK. The EcoWaste Coalition holds a protest on April 29, 2019, to call on Canada to take back its garbage from the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte orders return of trash to Canada

May 22, 2019 - 4:43 PM

An 'outraged' Philippine President orders that a private shipping company dump the trash within Canada's territorial waters if Canada refuses to accept the garbage

Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition staged a die-in protest in Makati on May 21, 2019, calling on the Canadian government to comply with the Basel convention. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

67 container vans of Canada garbage remain in Subic port

May 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says the cargo forwarder that will transport the containers back to Canada is still evaluating the containers

No new date for garbage shipment after Canada misses deadline

May 21, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Canada only manages to book a handler that will ship back the garbage on May 19, or 4 days after the May 15 deadline

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines recalls envoys after Canada misses deadline for garbage shipment

May 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines will 'maintain a diminished diplomatic presence' in Canada until its garbage is removed from the Philippines, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte’s trash threat embarrasses, infuriates Canadians

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Some say, 'shame on us,' others call the Philippine president a ‘boor'

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Otso Diretso bets on Duterte’s Canada rant: Be tough on China too

Apr 24, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Reelectionist senator Koko Pimentel says that President Duterte's threat of war against Canada is just ‘exaggeration’

Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc campaign in several towns in Pangasinan on April 24, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Canada vows to resolve garbage row after Duterte threat

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Canadian embassy says their country 'is aware of the court decision ordering the importer to ship the material back to Canada'

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Duterte tells Canada he's sending back their garbage

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The Philippine President advises Canada to 'prepare a grand reception' for their tons of trash

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Garbage from Korea more manageable than Canada case – DENR

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says there is 'no need to worry' and he will see to it that the garbage is shipped back to South Korea

Ombudsman suspends DENR exec over Canada trash

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman also says it found probable cause to file graft charges against Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna for 'gross inexcusable negligence' over the controversial shipment

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Pimentel calls for Senate probe into Canada trash

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:56 PM

103 container vans of trash from Canada were illegally shipped by an Ontario-based company to Manila from 2013 to 2015. They remain on Philippine ports.

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:34 PM

'PM Trudeau, clean as you go. Take your garbage with you!' says a critic ahead of the ASEAN Summit, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized by environmental groups over the export of Canada's garbage to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Environmental group to Duterte: 'Return Canada trash'

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:06 PM

BAN Toxics also calls on the president elect to sign treaties that will prevent a recurrence of the controversial Canada garbage issue

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Poe, Roxas, Santiago weigh in on controversial Canada trash

Apr 23, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Green group EcoWaste Coalition says only the 3 candidates responded to their 9 point questionnaire on wastes and toxics

Petition asks Canadian PM Trudeau to take back illegal trash

Feb 02, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Petitioners also ask for the Canadian government to pay back the Philippines for all costs incurred due to the stranded illegal garbage from Canada

CALLING ON CANADA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference at Rideau Hall after being sworn in as Canada's 23rd Prime Minister in Ottawa, Ontario, November 4, 2015. Rappler file photo

DFA took ‘weak stance’ vs illegal Canada garbage – Chiz

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:55 AM

During a Senate hearing senators tell government agencies that the reshipment of the illegal garbage from Canada is the only acceptable option

ONLY OPTION. Protesters call on Canada to live up to international agreements on smuggled household waste. Photo courtesy of  BAN Toxics

Illegal garbage dispute: Why can’t Canada be like Japan?

Aug 06, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The Canada garbage controversy brings back memories of a similar situation with Japan in 1999 Japan took back its garbage Will Canada do the same?

DFA to send diplomatic protest to Canada over illegal trash

Jul 30, 2015 - 4:06 PM

Did the Philippine government bow to pressure from Canada? We are primarily pushing for our own national interests first says the DFA spokesman

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of 103 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

BOC sues Filipino importer of second batch of Canada trash

Jul 30, 2015 - 1:10 PM

The Canadian exporter of the second batch of Canada garbage is also the exporter of the first 55 container vans yet no charges have been filed against him

NOT A DUMPSITE. Activists call on Canada to take back the tons of waste stranded in the Philippines shipped by a Canadian exporter. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

BOC, DENR ask DFA to file protest vs Canada over illegal trash

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:58 PM

But the letter leaves out a call for Canada to ship back the 103 container vans of misdeclared trash – a call fiercely championed by environmentalists

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of around 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Group takes illegal Canada garbage issue to int'l body

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Groups turn to an international body saying the Philippine government has been pressured by Canada not to put up a fuss

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Customs looking for alternative landfill for Canada trash

Jul 26, 2015 - 1:57 PM

The Bureau of Customs is forced to look for other landfills after Tarlac stopped the dumping of container vans in the province

'TOXIC' BURDEN. This is a file photo of the contents of one of the container vans illegally shipped from Canada. Photo from Change.org

Lawmakers to probe Canada garbage dumping in Tarlac

Jul 20, 2015 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED At least 26 container vans of trash are already in a Tarlac landfill Local government officials stop further dumping pending a probe into the issue

'TOXIC' BURDEN. This is a file photo of the contents of one of the container vans illegally shipped from Canada. Photo from Change.org

Controversial Canadian garbage heads to Philippine landfill

Jul 14, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Hauling of the 1 375 tons of waste is set to finish soon according to the Philippines Bureau of Customs and the landfill operator

BURDEN. The Philippine government continues to shoulder the costs of keeping 50 container vans of garbage from Canada in its ports. Photo from Change.org

Canada's great injustice against the Philippines

May 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

By making the Philippines agree to bury garbage illegally shipped from Canada a powerful country is exploiting a weaker country – the very dynamic the Basel Convention was designed to stop

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Canada trash in Manila port now at 98 container vans

May 22, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The Bureau of Customs discovers 48 more container vans of plastic scraps stranded at the Manila port sent by a company based in Ontario Canada

NOT A DUMPSITE. On May 4, 2015, Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Aquino a ‘total let down’ in Canada – green groups

May 12, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Environmentalists call President Benigno Aquino III spineless for not pursuing the Canada trash issue with his counterpart Prime Minister Stephen Harper

NOT A DUMPSITE. On May 4, 2015, Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Groups to Aquino: Remind Canada about illegal trash

May 04, 2015 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III s state visit to Canada is a chance for him to bring up illegally shipped garbage that has been stranded in Manila ports for two years

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Illegal Canadian garbage not toxic after all – DENR

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:46 PM

An environment group suspects government agencies are backing down on the issue because of President Aquino s planned state visit to Canada later this year

SAFE OR NOT SAFE? The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks, say green groups. Photo from Change.org

Canada wants its illegal garbage 'processed' in PH

Oct 13, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Fifty container vans of garbage from Canada have been sitting on Manila s ports – costing PH millions in storage fees and posing health risks to citizens – yet Ottawa says it can t demand its citizen to recall them

Miriam Santiago: Probe toxic waste dumping in PH

Sep 16, 2014 - 11:02 AM

The senator files a resolution to look into garbage exported by developed countries to the Philippines

Leaking shipment of Canadian garbage poses health risks

Apr 02, 2014 - 9:39 PM

The health department needs to disinfect 18 container vans at the expense of the government

HAZARDOUS. The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks. Photo from Change.org