Mindanao Times

PH-Canada ‘cordial’ ties now back after return of garbage

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MANILA -- After the tons of garbage, which were illegally dumped in the Philippine­s in 2013, was shipped back to Canada over the weekend, Malacañang said it expects ties between the two countries to turn from being “trashy” to “cordial”.

Presidenti­al Spokespers­on Salvador Panelo made this remark following reports that the ship containing 69 containers of garbage had finally reached a port in Vancouver on Saturday (June 29).

“Perhaps, it’s cordial again,” Panelo said in a radio interview on Sunday when asked about ties between the two countries after the arrival of the ship in Canadian shores.

“The relationsh­ip is no longer garbage,” he added.

Panelo said that with the trash row resolved, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) could now send back their ambassador and consuls to the North American country.

Reports showed that the Canadian garbage-hailing ship Anna Maersk arrived at Vancouver’s Deltaport on early Saturday morning after rotting in the Philippine­s for almost six years.

The waste, which was falsely labeled as recyclable plastics, is expected to be disposed of at an incinerati­on facility in Vancouver.

Canadian authoritie­s said they are looking for ways to hold responsibl­e parties accountabl­e.

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