Philippine President Threatens Armed Conflict With Canada Over Garbage

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his message to the Filipino community in Vietnam during a meeting held at the Intercontinental Hotel on September 28. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOPCOO EDP / Public Domain

Duterte threatens to turn a spat over Canadian garbage into war.

Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte has threatened to “declare war” if Canada does not take back tons of trash within a week. According to Global News, Duterte is referencing dozens of shipping containers filled with Canadian trash that has been sitting in a port near Manila for almost six years.

Over 100 of the shipping containers were sent to Manila in 2013 and 2014 by a Canadian company. The company incorrectly labeled the containers as plastics for recycling when, in fact, they contained garbage.

Although a Filipino court ordered that the trash be returned to Canada in 2016, Canadian officials have been attempting to convince the Philippines to dispose of the garbage themselves.

Canada is in violation of the international Basel Convention. The Convention prohibits developed nations from sending their toxic or hazardous waste to developing nations without the informed consent of the developing nation.

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