BOC ready to return Canada’s trash

The Bureau of Customs on Saturday said the agency is ready to deliver back to Canada its trash shipped to the Philippines six years ago.

“Hindi naman po tayo provided na isho-shoulder ang expenses ng importer o ng ibang bansa kung saan nanggaling ang basura,” BOC spokesperson Erastus Austria said in an interview on Super Radyo dzBB.

The Customs official made the remark after President Rodrigo Duterte told Canada he will declare “war” against them if they will not take back its garbage.

In 2013, 50 containers of waste from Canada were impounded by Philippine customs authorities and left to rot in a landfill in Tarlac.

Manila has conveyed its objection to the shipment to the Canadian government through diplomatic notes, but Canada has refused to take action, insisting it was not backed by its government and that it was a private transaction.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in 2017 that “legal barriers” prevented their government from taking them back.

The Canadian Embassy in Manila said last Wednesday that a joint technical working group, consisting of officials from both countries, is “examining the full spectrum of issues related to the removal of the waste with a view to a timely resolution.” Canada did not say when it will take back the trash. (GMA News)