MANILA - A congresswoman is crying foul over the burning of a garbage shipment from South Korea in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, which was supposed to be shipped back to Seoul this month.
In a statement, Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette Uy said: "Whoever committed this crime are sabotaging our lawful efforts to enforce our country's anti-pollution laws."
"Now, they have made matters worse by polluting the air in Misamis Oriental with the toxic fumes from the burning of the garbage," she added.
"This burning incident might even be considered destructive arson because the burning was committed within the government's industrial estate and the result was destruction of stored cargo for shipment."
The management of Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. earlier said it will send back 5,000 tons of garbage from South Korea stored in its plant since July last year.
The waste shipment was set to be returned to South Korea this month following its arrival at the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) in July 2018. It was declared as plastic synthetic flakes but instead contained used dextrose tubes, soiled diapers, and electronic equipment.
A police official earlier said hot weather could have started a grass fire that led to the burning of the garbage shipment.
"Parang grass fire yata siguro 'yan dahil sa sobrang init ng panahon kaya siguro nangyari 'yun. Siguro nung na-trigger na 'yung apoy, lumakas nang lumakas...Dun na nagsimula kaya tumawag kami ng bumbero," Police Sgt. Manny Salomabao said.
(This seems like grass fire because of the sweltering weather. It might have triggered the blaze, that's how it began and why we called firemen.)