Senators JV, Chiz: Philippines is not a ‘garbage can’

Senators JV Ejercito and Chiz Escudero are seeking for the immediate re-exportation of the shipments of toxic waste imported by Chronic Plastics Inc. back to Canada. Senator Ejercito scored the government’s Interagency Task Force, composed of the Bureau of Customs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, for reversing its decision and seemingly giving favor to Chronic Plastics Inc. in dumping the toxic waste at a sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac.

Aside from having the shipments re-exported back to Canada, Ejercito said he would push for legislation that would regulate the importation process of such items.

Escudero, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said the Philippine government should exhaust all measures to ensure that the waste goes back to Canada.

“Dapat ibalik ang basura sa pinanggalingan nito. Hindi tapunan ng basura ang Pilipinas,” Escudero said.

“This is a matter of national shame and pride. A shame on Canada for dumping their garbage on someone else’s backyard, our pride as a nation of peoples, not of garbage cans. We must stand up and clean our backyard of this Canadian waste,” Escudero said.