Philippines’ Duterte gives Canada 1 week to take back garbage or ‘we will declare war’

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Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday reportedly took steps to “pronounce war” against Canada inside the next week if the country fails to remove tons of garbage that was previously shipped to Manila.

Duterte, in remarks aired by state media and announced by The Canadian Press, said he will “give warning to Canada possibly one week from now that they better haul that thing out or I will set sail.”

“I will declare war against them. I will advise Canada that your refuse is en route. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to,” he said. “Your garbage is coming home.”

The garbage reportedly consists of electronic and household waste.

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Between 2013 and 2014, Canada shipped tons of waste in 103 containers to the Philippines and, in the years since, has been pushing the Southeastern Asia country to dispose of it.

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Manila in 2015, he said that a “Canadian solution” was being developed and said the situation would not occur again, according to the news outlet.

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