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After Canada trash, Duterte urged to also return garbage from Australia, HK

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House committee on ecology chairperson Dax Cua on Sunday expressed his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to immediately return the trash brought from Canada several years ago, saying it was the right call.

“I understand the President’s frustration over this issue. The usual processes and channels have taken several years. This should have been dealt with right away. We cannot compromise the integrity of our environment and the health of Filipinos,” said the Quirino lawmaker.

But Cua said Duterte should take it further by also returning the trash from Australia and Hong Kong.

He requested Malacañang to look into reports of trash shipments from Australia and Hong Kong. He also urged the BOC to implement stricter monitoring to prevent the illegal entry of garbage into our country.

“I hope the President can also look into reports of garbage coming in from Australia and Hong Kong, and issue directives for their immediate return. For its part, the Bureau of Customs should also demonstrate its tough stance against illegal shipments of garbage,” added Cua.

According to a recent report by GMA News, seven container vans of municipal waste from Australia were intercepted in Misamis Oriental. The shipment’s broker was the same company involved in another shipment of garbage coming from South Korea.

In a separate report by the Philippine Star, 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong was also intercepted by Customs in Misamis Oriental.

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