[Ed. – He’s not being figurative here.]
The president of the Philippines says that if Canada doesn’t take back tonnes of trash within the next week, he will “declare war” and ship the containers back himself.
Filipino media outlets are reporting that Rodrigo Duterte made threats Tuesday about dozens of shipping containers filled with Canadian household and electronic garbage that has been rotting in a port near Manila for nearly six years.
More than 100 of the containers were shipped to Manila by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014, improperly labelled as plastics for recycling. Customs inspectors discovered they actually contained garbage, including soiled adult diapers and kitchen trash.
“I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail,” said Duterte in a video broadcast by RTVM, the media arm of the president’s office.
“I will declare war against them. I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to.”
“Your garbage is coming home.”