DUTERTE THREATENS WAR WITH CANADA OVER TRASH SHIPPED TO PHILIPPINES
So no wonder Trump likes this guy. He says and does things Trump loves. But he also says and does things Trump could only dream of. This falls into either category! So this is what happened. A Canadian company shipped tons of trash to Manila, Philippines, a few years ago. But I’m not sure why that’s weird or what the big deal is. But Duterte is grandstanding in high form over the trash pile. Sure, trash is becoming a bigger and bigger issue across the world. But so far, who else threatens war with Canada because trash? Just Duterte.
CANADA SHIPPED 2,450 TONS OF TRASH, BUT IT’S NOT RECYCLABLE
So just yesterday Duterte said, “I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that (trash) out. We’ll declare war against them, we can handle them anyway.” Ok. You can handle Canada in a war? Sure, ok. So what are the details about this trash, anyway? In 2013 and 2014 a Canadian company shipped 103 containers of trash to Manila. They held 2,450 tons of trash. So yes, that’s a lot of trash. But what seems to be a legitimate gripe is that the containers weren’t labeled properly. They said they were plastics which could be recycled. But Philippines inspectors found that wasn’t true.
IS DUTERTE RIGHT TO GRANDSTAND OVER TRASH ISSUE? MAYBE SO
So they declared the trash as illegal and that the shipping company did not have import clearances. That all makes sense. Some of these containers are still just sitting there at the port of Manila. But to be fair, the Philippines has been asking for Canada to take the trash back for years. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said he is “very much engaged in finding a solution.” But that was some time ago and there has been no solution. So maybe Duterte is being smart and getting everyone’s attention? I don’t know. War seems a bit much.