Tons of garbage from South Korea re­port­edly shipped to Philip­pines

The Freeman - - NATION -

MANILA, Philip­pines — Tons of garbage from South Korea were re­port­edly shipped to the Philip­pines.

Ac­cord­ing to a Novem­ber 10 re­port by ABS-CBN News, a trashloaded ship from South Korea ar­rived at the Min­danao In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal last July.Based on doc­u­ments ob­tained by Cus­toms of­fi­cials, South Korean com­pany Verde Soko Philip­pines In­dus­trial Cor­po­ra­tion was the con­signee of the ship­ment, which was in­cor­rectly de­clared as “plas­tic syn­thetic flakes.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Verde Soko Philip­pines de­clined to dis­cuss why the shipped items were wrongly de­clared.

In 2013, Valen­zue­labased com­pany Chronic Plas­tics Inc. im­ported more than 50 con­tain­ers with waste from Canada, wor­ry­ing en­vi­ron­ment groups who fear that the ship­ment might con­tain toxic ma­te­ri­als.

More than half or 29 of the con­tain­ers with trash were dumped in a land­fill in Tar­lac.

In 2017, the Bureau of Cus­toms has also called on a South Korean ship­per to take back some 5,000 met­ric tons of sus­pected garbage that was dumped in Man­daue City in Cebu.

FILE PHOTO

These are some of the sacks of trash from South Korea al­legedly dumped in Man­daue City last year.

A sup­porter of indige­nous peo­ple dis­plays plac­ards in Que­zon City dur­ing a rit­ual to honor the coun­try's indige­nous peo­ple and to protest the up­com­ing state visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping. Xi is ex­pected to sign bi­lat­eral agree­ment with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte for a loan to build a dam and other projects which the indige­nous peo­ple al­leged are sit­ting on their an­ces­tral lands. (AP)

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