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Canadian trash @ PH
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:46:11 PM »
TIMELINE: Canada garbage shipped to the Philippines
The fate of the garbage illegally shipped to the Philippines from Canada is still in limbo 4 years after

Jodesz Gavilan
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Published 9:00 PM, November 16, 2017
Updated 9:00 PM, November 16, 2017

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/188654-timeline-canada-garbage-philippines

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It has been more than 4 years since the first batch of Canadian shipping containers full to the brim with garbage arrived in the Philippines, yet the problem remains unsolved. What has happened since?

June to August 2013
A total of 50 container vans arrive in 6 batches at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) from June to August 2013.

The vans, declared to contain recyclable plastic scrap materials, are shipped by Chronic Plastics Incorporated (CPI), an export company based in Ontario, Canada. The declared total value for 19 of the containers is P3.9 million.

December 2013 to January 2014
At least 48 container vans containing household trash arrive in 4 batches in Manila from Canada.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) says the Bureau of Customs should send it back after it was not claimed by consignee Live Green Enterprise.

January 21, 2014
The Bureau of Customs discovers the garbage on January 21, 2014 when they open container vans as part of procedures on shipments not claimed for a long period of time.

The 18 vans opened by the Bureau contains plastic bottles, plastic bags, newspapers, household garbage, and used adult diapers. The discovered waste are classified as hazardous as per Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste and Control Act of 1990, or Republic Act 6969.

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February 20, 2014
BOC files a smuggling complaint against the company which allegedly imported the garbage shipment from Canada to the Philippines on February 20, 2014.

Charges are filed against Adelfa Eduardo, owner of Chronic Plastics, and its licensed Customs brokers Leonora Flores and Sherjun Saldon, for violating the Toxic Substance and Hazardous Wastes and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.

They are also accused of violating the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP).

March 2014
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) starts sending letters to the Canadian embassy in the Philippines requesting for assistance in shipping the garbage back to Canada.

April 24, 2014

Then Canadian ambassador Neil Reeder tells the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) during a meeting that his government "would like to explore with the Philippines options for processing the rest of the shipment – in accordance with Philippine law – in the Philippines.”

June 9, 2014
Reeder allegedly tells the DFA that the Canadian government "has no domestic or international authority to compel the shipper to return the shipment to Canada."

While Canadian law imposes penalties on violations of import and export laws, it does not provide a mechanism to compel the return of illegal shipments to the port of origin.

May 2015
Despite calls made by various local environmental groups, then president Benigno Aquino III says he did not discuss the issue of the illegally shipped Canadian garbage in Manila when he met with then Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a state visit in May 2015.

According to Aquino, the issue has been addressed locally and there has been recent developments in the case. Meanwhile, the Manila City Council adopts a resolution seeking to remove the 50 shipping containers of garbage from Canada.

June to July 2015
The contents of at least 26 containers vans are dumped at a landfill in Capas, Tarlac, between June and July 2015 despite protests from environmental groups.

July 2015
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ask the Department of Foreign Affairs to file a diplomatic protest against Canada to “prevent a repeat of the unfortunate incident and enjoin the government of Canada to revisit their domestic regulations on the export or illegal traffic of wastes.”

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It is the 3rd note sent by the DFA to Canada. The first two notes relay “the Philippine government’s request for the Canadian government to assist with the re-exportation of the containers" and conveys its "objection to the presence of the containers".

November 2015
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during his first visit to the Philippines to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November 2015, is non-committal on calls for Canada to bring back 103 container vans of trash. He says the issue “exposed a problem that needs fixing within our own legislation.”

“Well, I think, going forward, we need to ensure that if a situation like this were to arise once again that the Canadian government has more power to actually demand action from the companies responsible,” Trudeau says. “I believe there are loopholes here that were allowed to be skirted that we need to make sure we close, both for Canada’s interest and for our good relationships with our neighbors,” he adds.

June 30, 2016
Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao Alisuag orders on June 30, 2016 the shipping back of the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer.



November 2017
Unlike his statement when he first went to the Philippines in 2015, Trudeau says it is now “theoretically” possible for Canada to bring back 103 container vans of trash illegally shipped to the country. He, however, does not make a full commitment to move the garbage out of the country yet.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 01:05:06 AM »
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/16/19/palace-recall-of-ph-officials-from-canada-over-garbage-row-a-warning-to-cut-ties

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Palace: Recall of PH officials from Canada over garbage row a warning to cut ties
Posted at May 16 2019 01:37 PM | Updated as of May 16 2019 11:19 PM

Manila (Updated) - The Philippines' decision to recall its representatives to Canada is a warning that diplomatic ties between the 2 nations may end over heaps of trash a private Canadian firm had illegally sent to Manila some 5 years ago.

This, after Canada missed a May 15 deadline to retrieve the garbage from the Philippines.

Other source: philstar.com

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 04:18:13 AM »
This move to show PH displeasure towards Canada may have been triggered by the trash issue. But there is also the helicopter embargo to consider as well.

From: https://www.facebook.com/richardjavad.heydarian/posts/903190799856967



The catalyst for this post

Philippines signs $233-M helicopter deal with Canada
Reuters
Posted at Feb 06 2018 08:37 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/06/18/philippines-signs-233-m-helicopter-deal-with-canada

MANILA - The Philippines signed a deal with Canada on Tuesday to buy 16 combat utility helicopters worth $233.36 million, as the military prepared to step up operations against Islamist and communist rebels.

The Bell 412EPI helicopters will be delivered early next year as President Rodrigo Duterte re-focuses the armed forces modernization program to tackle growing domestic threats as Maoist fighters and pro-Islamic State extremists try to regroup.

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The helicopters would replace the second-hand Vietnam War-era UH-1H Huey rotary aircraft, the workhorse of the Philippine Air Force. The Philippines acquired those from the United States.

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Feds order review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines
By The Canadian Press

https://globalnews.ca/news/4011934/feds-order-review-of-controversial-helicopter-deal-with-the-philippines/

OTTAWA – International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is ordering a review of the planned sale of 16 helicopters to the Philippine military amid concerns about the country’s human rights record.

Government officials initially defended the deal, which is being facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corp., saying the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions and disaster relief.

But Champagne says he ordered a review following comments from a senior member of the Philippine military that the Montreal-made aircraft would be used for internal security operations.

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Philippines' Duterte cancels Canada Bell helicopter deal
February 9, 2018 4 HOURS AGO

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-cancels-canada-bell-helicopter-deal

DAVAO, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (Feb 9) abruptly cancelled a US$235 million (S$312 million) contract to buy 16 helicopters from Canada after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government ordered a review over human rights concerns.

"I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal. Do not proceed anymore, and somehow we will look for another supplier," he said of the deal for 16 Bell 412EPI utility helicopters announced by the two governments this week.

Ottawa said on Thursday that the deal was under review due to concerns over the human rights record of Duterte, the subject of a complaint in the International Criminal Court over the alleged "mass murder" of thousands of Filipino drug suspects.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2019, 12:58:42 PM »
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/18/1918869/canada-disappointed-over-philippines-envoys-recall

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Canada disappointed over Philippines envoy’s recall
May 18, 2019 - 12:00am

Manila, Philippines — While Canada has expressed disappointment over the Philippines’ decision to recall its top diplomats over a six-year-old garbage row, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said from Paris on Thursday his administration is “working closely” with Philippine authorities “to get to a resolution shortly.”

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The Philippines and Canada are signatories to the Basel Convention of 1989, which aims to reduce the movement of hazardous wastes between nations.


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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2019, 10:53:43 PM »
Winnipeg MP says Canadian garbage in Philippines a 'sore point' as Canada misses Duterte's deadline
'It's really sad that it's gotten to this point,' says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux
The Canadian Press
Posted: May 16, 2019

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/tender-philippines-canada-garbage-1.5139634


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Canada 'disappointed' Philippines recalling ambassador, consuls over trash
By The Canadian Press in News, Politics | May 16th 2019

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/16/news/canada-disappointed-philippines-recalling-ambassador-consuls-over-trash

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The country's president, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened last month to forcibly ship them back to Canada and dump some at the Canadian Embassy in Manila if Canadian officials failed to take back the waste.

The Philippines later set a May 15 deadline for Canada to comply but the 69 containers remain in the Philippines while Canada sorts out the red tape needed to bring them back.

Canada attempted until recently to convince the Philippines to dispose of the trash locally but after Duterte's threats in April, agreed to bring it back to Canada and to pay for the costs.

A court in the Philippines had ordered it returned to Canada in 2016.

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The Canadian government said through its embassy in Manila after Duterte's provocative remarks that it "is strongly committed to collaborating with the government of the Philippines to resolve this issue." It said it was aware of a Philippine court ruling that ordered a private importer to ship the waste back to Canada.

A group of officials from both sides "is examining the full spectrum of issues related to the removal of the waste with a view to a timely resolution," the embassy said in a statement.

Philippine Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has said "bureaucratic red tape" in Canada slowed the return of the rest.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in 2017 that regulatory hurdles preventing the return of the garbage had been cleared.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2019, 02:25:42 AM »
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/22/19/ph-to-ship-canadas-trash-back-duterte-so-upset

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PH to ship Canada's trash back, Duterte 'so
Posted at May 22 2019 04:34 PM | Updated as of May 22 2019 05:50 PM

The President has already instructed the appropriate office to look for a private shipping firm to ship Canada's trash back to its shores, he said.

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He added that if Ottawa refuses to accept its garbage back then Manila would "leave the same within its territorial waters or 12 nautical miles out to sea from the baseline of any of their country's shores."

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https://www.sbs.com.au/news/philippines-duterte-has-threatened-to-dump-tonnes-of-garbage-in-canada-s-oceans

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Philippines' Duterte has threatened to dump tonnes of garbage in Canada's oceans

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered tonnes of garbage dumped in the Philippines years ago to be shipped back to Canada, his spokesman said on Wednesday, escalating a festering diplomatic row.

Mr Duterte's spokesman also warned that if Ottawa would not formally accept the shipment of trash it would be dumped inside Canada's territorial waters.

The rubbish is stored in dozens of containers which a Canadian firm sent to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 - ostensibly for recycling - and the issue of what to do with it has rankled for years.

Last week Manila recalled its ambassador from Ottawa because Canada missed a May 15 deadline to repatriate the garbage.


Environmentalists stage a mock die-in protest outside the Canadian Embassy in Manila.
Source: AAP

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2019, 04:30:36 PM »
https://ptvnews.ph/canada-to-complete-removal-of-exported-trash-by-end-june/

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Canada to complete removal of exported trash by end June
May 23, 2019

McKenna said the Canadian government awarded the contract to Bolloré Logistics Canada to safely bring the waste back to Canada as soon as possible.

According to the official website of the Canadian government, the company will begin preparation for shipping in the “coming days.”

“The removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements. The safe and environmentally sound disposal in Canada of the waste material will take place before the end of summer 2019,” it said.

Prior to this announcement, Malacañang said it is willing to shoulder the shipping expenses. As of posting, the Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to comment on this development.

According to Canada, its government will shoulder the costs of preparation, transfer, shipment, and disposal of the waste.


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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2019, 06:25:39 AM »
Even Malaysia is complaining

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'We are going to send this back': Malaysia returning unwanted Canadian plastic
David Common · CBC News · Posted: May 28, 2019 4:30 AM ET | Last Updated: 6 hours ago

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/we-are-going-to-send-this-back-malaysia-returning-unwanted-canadian-plastic-1.5152274

Malaysia is denouncing Canada's "irresponsible" export of plastic waste, becoming the second Asian nation to make plans to ship Canadian trash back across the ocean.

"I think you need to take back your rubbish," Malaysian Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin told a CBC News crew at Port Klang, a sprawling facility outside Kuala Lumpur.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2019, 12:39:58 AM »
Canada Agrees to Take Back Trash Sent to Philippines Years Ago
A protest calling for the return of tons of garbage to Canada from the Philippines at the Canadian Embassy in Makati on Tuesday.
By Jason Gutierrez
May 23, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/world/asia/philippines-canada-trash.html

MANILA — The Canadian government said on Wednesday that it would take back tons of garbage sent to the Philippines several years ago, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that it be returned immediately.

In a statement, Catherine McKenna, the Canadian minister of environment and climate change, said a Canadian company had been awarded a contract to repatriate the trash.

“Canada values its deep and longstanding relationship with the Philippines and has been working closely with Filipino authorities to find a solution that is mutually acceptable,” she said.

The company, Bolloré Logistics Canada, is to begin preparations for shipping in the coming days, with the removal expected to be completed by the end of June, the Canadian government said. Canada is paying all the costs.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2019, 01:36:23 AM »
'Sordid Chapter' Ends As Philippines Sends Back Canada's Trash
May 31, 20193:37 PM ET
MERRIT KENNEDY

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/31/728611992/sordid-chapter-ends-as-philippines-sends-back-canada-s-trash

Shipping containers of Canadian trash have moldered in the Philippines for years, in a situation so irksome to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he threatened to personally sail it back to Canadian waters.

Now, much of the trash that arrived in 2013 and 2014 is on its way back to Canada. The Canadian government says that 69 shipping containers of rubbish have left the Philippines and are expected to reach Canada by the end of June.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2019, 01:37:25 AM »
Canada trash sails from Philippines; envoys told to return
Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - June 1, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — As the ship carrying 69 containers of Canadian trash left Subic Port yesterday for its 20-day voyage to Vancouver, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. directed the Philippine diplomats recalled from Canada to return to their posts and accept his apology “for the trouble you went through to drive home a point.”

“To our recalled posts, get your flights back. Thanks and sorry for the trouble you went through to drive home a point. Arrivederci! And thank you Canada CDA (chargé d’affaires) Mucci,” Locsin said in a post on Twitter a few hours after the Liberian-flagged MV Bavaria departed the Subic Port with its cargo of some 1,000 tons of garbage.

The return of the country’s diplomats to Ottawa is expected to improve diplomatic ties between the two countries soured by the initial refusal of Canada to take back the garbage.

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Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/01/1922695/canada-trash-sails-philippines-envoys-told-return#2HuwtIAso3GcwIUF.99

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2019, 01:40:59 AM »
PH envoys to Canada told: Return to posts
BY BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

JUNE 01, 2019

https://www.manilatimes.net/ph-envoys-to-canada-told-return-to-posts/562886/

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Locsin on May 16 recalled the Philippine ambassador and consuls to Canada after Ottawa failed to comply with the May 15 deadline to take back the tons of garbage it exported to Manila in 2013.

“To our recalled posts, get your flights back. Thanks and sorry for the trouble you went through to drive home a point,” he said on Twitter.
 
Locsin thanked Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for “getting up so early to get last-minute okay from foreign transshipment points; and DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) guys for working side by side with my guys [at the Department of Foreign Affairs] to get this done.”

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2019, 07:34:14 AM »
The Philippines is shipping 1,500 tons of trash back to Canada, the latest move in Southeast Asia's rebellion against Western garbage
Beatrice Christofaro May 31, 2019, 7:29 AM

https://www.businessinsider.com/philippines-ships-1500-tons-of-trash-back-to-canada-2019-5



A container ship hired by Canada to pick up tons of trash arriving at a port in Manila, Philippines. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Philippines shipped 1,500 tons of trash back to Canada on Friday after a diplomatic dispute over garbage escalated dramatically.

The Philippines' foreign minister tweeted "Baaaaaaaaa bye" to the trash and sarcastically said: "I'm crying. I'm gonna miss it so."

The trash had been in the Philippines since about 2013, when Canada sent containers of household waste there that had been mislabeled as recyclables.

The wider phenomenon of Western nations sending trash to Asia is decades old and has seen millions of tons of waste sent vast distances.

The Canadian government agreed on a May 30 deadline to take back the garbage after the Philippines recalled its ambassador in Canada.

Malaysia also said it refused to become an international dumping ground and would return 3,300 tons of waste to Western countries.

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2019, 07:20:58 AM »
Garbage from Philippines on its way to Canada aboard a different ship, government says
After a series of stops along the shipping route, the ship docked in Taiwan where the containers full of garbage were offloaded and transferred to a larger ship

Containers are moved inside the cargo ship M/V Bavaria as it is docked at Subic port in Zambales province, northwestern Philippines on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Marie-Danielle Smith
June 18, 2019
3:41 PM EDT

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/garbage-from-philippines-well-on-its-way-to-canada-aboard-a-different-ship-government-says

OTTAWA — The piles of trash at the centre of a longstanding international dispute between the Philippines and Canada are well on their way to port in British Columbia, confirms a spokesperson for the Canadian environment minister.

After years of rotting away at port in Manila, 69 shipping containers of garbage left on a container ship called the Bavaria May 30, according to Sabrina Kim, speaking on behalf of minister Catherine McKenna.

After a series of stops along the shipping route, the Bavaria docked in Taiwan where the containers were offloaded and transferred to a larger ship, the Anna Maersk. As of Tuesday, that ship, which can be tracked online, is near a Korean island, Jeju, near the waters between South Korea and Japan. The garbage is expected to reach Vancouver by the end of June, said Kim, where it will be transferred to a waste energy plant. “I have full confirmation from our officials that it is fully on track,” she said.

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https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:158530/mmsi:220199000/imo:9260421/vessel:ANNA_MAERSK

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Re: Canadian trash @ PH
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2019, 09:06:04 AM »
Palace: Ties with Canada 'no longer garbage' after return of trash
Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) - June 30, 2019 - 5:50pm

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/30/1930798/palace-ties-canada-no-longer-garbage-after-return-trash

MANILA, Philippines — The relationship between the Philippines and Canada has become cordial again, Malacañang said Sunday, as the ship carrying tons of garbage rejected by Manila arrived in Vancouver over the weekend.

Reports said cargo ship Anna Maersk, which carried 69 containers of Canadian trash dumped in the Philippines six years ago, arrived in Greater Vancouver on Saturday.

The garbage would be sent to a waste-to-energy facility, Canadian officials were quoted by reports as saying.

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