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Philippines recalls envoys in Canada over trash shipments

The Philippines is recalling its ambassador and consuls in Canada over Ottawa s failure to comply with a deadline to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago, officials said Thursday. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted that the Philippines shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there. The drastic move is the latest strain in Philippine relations with Canada under President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte threatened last month to forcibly ship the containers of garbage back to Canada and dump some at its embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don t take back the waste. Officials later set a May 15 deadline for Canada to comply. Locsin said in his tweet that letters for the recall of the Philippine ambassador and consuls in Canada have been sent and that they were expected back in Manila after about a day. That recall shows that we are very serious in asking ..


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