The Canadian Foreign Ministry addressed their ‘disappointment’ to the Philippines’ decision after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) pulled out its envoys over the delay in the shipment of tons of trash mistakenly sent by the Candian government to the Philippines several years ago.
On May 16, Foreign Affairs secretary Teddy Boy Locsin posted on his Twitter account that the country will maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada, however, Philippine envoys to Canada were expected to return to the country on the same day.
In a statement, Canada said that they have ‘repeatedly conveyed to the Philippine government its commitment to promptly ship and dispose of the Canadian waste in the Philippines.’
“We remain committed to finalizing these arrangements for the return of the waste to Canada,” it said.
Meanwhile, in a report from The Globe and Mail, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Ottawa is contracting with a company to bring the waste back to Canada.
“We are disappointed by [the Philippines’] decision to recall their ambassador and consuls general after we have repeatedly conveyed our commitment to resolving this issue and we continue to propose solutions,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in a statement.
Also confirmed on Friday, the Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia has safely returned to the country as per the orders from the DFA.