MAY 16, 2019 – The Department of Foreign Affairs has recalled the ambassador and consuls to Canada for its government’s failure to ship back the containers of garbage dumped in the Philippines.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin revealed on Thursday that the letters for recall went out midnight, after Canada missed the May 15 deadlines provided by Malacañang.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier demanded Canada to take action immediately , even threatening to declare war should it refuse to do so.
“That the government may consider a two to three-week delay does not delay the deadline. Our diplomatic presence in Canada shall be de minimis,” Locsin said.
“At the Japanese enthronement ceremony, [Department of Finance” informed me that Canada did not show up at a meeting with Customs and that was the trigger,” he added.
A total of 77 out of 103 containers of Canada’s trash remain in Manila and Subic ports.
Canada previously expressed its commitment to retrieve back the trash and work with the Philippine government to resolve the issue.