The Philippines and Canada are working together to to bring to justice the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed their Canadian hostages previous year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, November 14. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.
"This is the way we engage in the world", the Canadian Prime Minister said.
"I actually had an opportunity to have a conversation with President Duterte just before our meeting earlier this morning - a large meeting earlier this morning - in which I emphasized of course a people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines, and the great connections there", he told a press conference in Pasay City.
He added that this summit is the principal platform to discuss issues related to the Pacific region and that his country's accession to the group would be a natural progression towards Canada's participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the issue was not raised.
The Chronic Inc., a private company in Ontario, shipped 103 container vans of garbage mislabeled as "recyclable materials" to Manila in 2013.
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The objective of the protest was to prevent anyone inside from leaving, Peace Action Wellington spokeswoman Emma Cullen said.
"We have legal barriers and restrictions that prevented us from being able to take it back".
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017.
"Those regulations and impediments have now been addressed but there are still a number of questions like who will pay for, what are the consequences", he added. "It did not involve governments", he stressed.
"His PR antic can not cover the stinking Canadian waste issue as long as it is left rotting on our ports", Greenpeace said. I impress upon him the need for respect to the rule of law.
Greenpeace also expressed hope that Trudeau won't let the garbage become Canada's legacy in the Philippines.