The Philippine government will not be able to get rid of Canadian waste without filing a diplomatic protest, an environmental group said on July 18.
“Una ay mag-file ng diplomatic protest ang DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) kasi hindi pa iyan nagagawa. Pag na-file iyan, uusad iyang kaso sa international court,” said Anna Kapunan, campaigns and advocacy specialist of the environmental group Ban Toxics.
Kapunan said that under the Basel Convention, to which the Philippines is a signatory, Canada will be forced to take back its waste dumped in the country 30 days after the filing of the diplomatic protest.
Kapunan made the statement following the assurance of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon that he is meeting with the DFA regarding the disposal of the tons of Canadian waste stored in Manila and Subic ports.
“Once cleared, why do we need to keep this garbage? We have to dispose it,” Faeldon said.
He added that he is willing to use the budget of the Bureau of Customs in disposing of the Canadian waste.