The President of the Philippines is giving the phrase "trash talk" a whole new meaning. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the Southeast Asian nation plans to "go to war" with Canada unless the country takes back mountains of trash that a Canada-based company shipped to Manila a number of years ago. President Duterte has threatened a Philippines Canada war if the issue does not get resolved.
According to CNN Philippines, President Duterte said, "I'll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that (trash) out. We'll declare war against them, we can handle them anyway."
Reports claim that 103 containers holding a whopping 2,450 tons of garbage were shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014.
Although the shipping containers were labelled as recyclable plastics, inspectors in the Philippines later discovered that the garbage was not recyclable. The country declared the trash to be illegal since the private Canadian company responsible for the cargo's shipment did not possess any import clearances.
CNN reported that a number of the shipping containers are still sitting at a port near the Philippines' capital city of Manila. Filipino media platforms have reported that the shipping containers are full of Canadian household and electronic garbage - including adult diapers - that has been rotting for approximately six years.
Despite a Filipino court order to return the trash to Canada back in 2016, Canada reportedly continues to attempt to convince the Philippines to dispose of the garbage.
Global News reported last week that a lawyer from British Columbia commented in a legal brief that Canada is violating the international Basel Convention, which prohibits developed nations from shipping toxic or hazardous waste to developing nations without informed consent.
Duterte said, "I cannot understand why they are making us a dump site" before he cautioned Canada that he would sail overseas to return the garbage himself. He insisted, "The garbage is coming home."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously claimed that he was "very much engaged in finding a solution" to the dumped garbage.
According to CNN, this isn't the first time Duterte has uttered dramatic threats. Just several weeks ago, he threatened to send the country's military on a "suicide mission" if Beijing didn't "lay off" a Manila-occupied island in the South China Sea.