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'Trash' talk ramps up as garbage dispute between Canada, Philippines escalates

Last Updated May 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm CDT

FILE: Filipino environmental activists wear a mock shipping container filled with garbage to symbolize the 50 containers of waste that were shipped from Canada to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014, as they hold a protest outside the Canadian embassy in Makati, metro Manila, Philippines, on Thursday, May 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Aaron Favila
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Philippines secretary of foreign affairs has taken to Twitter to lash out amid garbage dispute with Canada


Series of tweets comes as Canada, Philippines locked in diplomatic standoff over shipping containers filled with garbage


Trudeau government offered to ship the garbage back in June; Philippines moves to forcibly send trash back to Canada


Editor’s Note: this article links to tweets that contain graphic language and content.

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The garbage dispute between Canada and the Philippines is prompting some extreme language from Filipino officials.

The two countries have been locked in a diplomatic standoff for the last six years after shipping containers filled with household waste were mistakenly sent to a port in the Philippines. The company responsible is no longer in business and both governments have argued over how it should be returned and who should pay.

In a series of tweets, the Filipino secretary of foreign affairs lashes out and uses some nasty language as he talks about sending the trash back to Canada.

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In fact, he’s threatening to burn down the village of anyone that gets in the way, and even uses a sexual threat.

It’s the latest verbal jab thrown in this dispute, with the Filipino president even threatening war against Canada over the garbage.

The Trudeau government offered to ship the garbage back in June but the Filipino government has said that’s not good enough, and is sending the containers back this week.

Canada’s international trade minister calls the threatening language unfortunate.