BARELY a week after vowing to go to war with Canada over trash illegally dumped in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to heap the garbage on Canada’s “beautiful beaches.”
Speaking before young athletes and their parents at the opening of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City, the President said the country was not a dumpsite for other nations’ garbage.
He was reading from his prepared speech when he veered off-topic upon saying the words, “patriotic fervor.”
“Together, let us nurture the talents and patriotic fervor of our youth so that… See, patriotic fervor. There are about 200 containers there sent by Canada, we are being treated like a dumpsite,” Duterte said Sunday afternoon.
Recalling his threat to ship back Canada’s garbage, he added: “I will tell them to load it onto ships next week. If you don’t accept your garbage, I will dump it on your beautiful beaches.”
Last week, the President threatened to “wage war” on Canada if it would not retrieve containers of garbage shipped to Manila in 2013 and 2014.
Duterte vowed to sail to Canada to throw the trash himself, adding that he would dump five trucks of garbage at the Canadian embassy in Manila.
Canada vowed to resolve the matter amid a court order directing the importer to ship the trash back to Canada. Canada did not say when it would take back the garbage.
In response, Malacañang said Canada’s reply was “quick and vague” and “not appropriate.”
The Palace also stressed that the President’s demand was “non-negotiable” and that Canada’s inaction will endanger decades of bilateral relations with Manila.
On Sunday, Duterte reiterated that the Philippines was nobody’s garbage dump, and that Filipinos were not “scavengers” for other people’s trash.
“Do not… We are not a garbage dump. The Filipinos are not scavengers. And you do that to us as I am wont to do… I’m like this, I will really offend you,” the President added.