Canada's Trudeau back in PH for ASEAN summit


Posted at Nov 12 2017 02:06 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2017 03:53 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves to the crowd upon his arrival to attend the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings in Clark, Pampanga Sunday. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in the Philippines on Sunday ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Summit in the capital.

It was Trudeau's second time in the Philippines since November 2015, where his good looks earned him the moniker "APEC Hottie" from social media users, alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Environmental groups meanwhile have urged Trudeau to take back the garbage that Canada dumped in the Philippines.

Originally declared as "recyclable materials," a total of 103 container vans containing trash from Canada were shipped to the Philippines in 2013. At least 27 container vans were eventually dumped in Capas, Tarlac while the rest languished at the Manila and Subic Ports.

Canada has been a dialogue partner of ASEAN for 40 years.

Leaders from 19 countries plus the heads of the United Nations and European Union are set to join the ASEAN meetings that will run until Tuesday.