MANILA, Philippine – Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings during a conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who was “receptive” to his comments.
“All throughout, it was a cordial and positive exchange,” he said.
Trudeau said Canada had a reputation for being frank in discussing issues like the rule of law and human rights with partners everywhere.
“I emphasized the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connection there but I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law, specifically the extrajudicial killings being an issue Canada is concerned with,” he added.
Meanwhile, the trash issue was also one of the topics of concern. Trudeau emphasized that he does not disregard the issue. In fact, his government is finding an appropriate solution to the problem. However, there are certain matters that need to be settled first.
“Canadian legal regulations prevented us from being able to receive the waste back in Canada even though it originally came from Canada we had legal barriers and restrictions,” he said.
Meanwhile, DENR-Environment Management Bureau chief, Geri Geronimo Sanchez confirmed that cases were already filed against the consignee of the waste shipment from Canada.
He added that the shipments contain non-hazardous but recyclable materials, therefore, they do not violate the country’s environmental laws.
“We have filed and the criminal case is ongoing so I cannot really share much of what will happen but there is already a court order to return it to the Canada,” Sanchez said.
Only 26 of the 55 containers of waste shipment remain in the country. – Angela Lagunzad | UNTV News & Rescue
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