Illegal garbage shipment from Canada caused international uproar and now, a newly discovered garbage containers were discovered. Several environmental groups shared the same sentiments. They are calling for immediate action to get this thing right.
In year 2013, Canada shipped 50 containers of rotting household garbage and all of these have been sitting for over a year at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
Just recently, Bureau of Customs discovered another 48 containers that contains garbage from Canada. This is a new shipment by the same Canadian company.These are undergoing abandonment proceedings after its consignee, Live Green Enterprise, failed to claim the shipment.
Several environmental groups are disgusted over the newly discovered garbage shipment that adds up to the 2013 shipment.
"With our country still reeling from the unsettled 50-van garbage shipment that Canada refuses to re-import, we find this latest episode of waste dumping just as outrageous and unacceptable," stated by Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition
"We expect nothing less than an open and transparent investigation on this matter, the prosecution of the offenders and the immediate return of the botched garbage consignments to Canada," Lucero added.
An international uproar has awaken by the previously discovered 50 containers including a verbal condemnation of Canada before the 12th Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention in Geneva a week ago.
Richard Guiterrez, executive director of BAN Toxics (BT), said in his statement that the additional garbage shipment is an "insult to injury." He further said that:
"Canada's callous disregard for international law is simply not acceptable any more. We had warned President Aquino about the consequences of letting Canada push us around by agreeing to bury their first illegal shipment on Philippine soil. How long will the Philippines be willing to submit to what is nothing less than waste colonialism?"
Greenpeace Philippines shared the same sentiment and one of the members, Abi Aguilar said: ""Canada must do the right thing and take back all of these illegal shipments immediately."
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