Canada's Justin Trudeau leaves PH


Posted at Nov 14 2017 07:36 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions at a press briefing at the International Media Center on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in Manila Tuesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left the Philippines Tuesday after participating in the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

Trudeau departed Manila past 5 p.m. 

Before he left, Trudeau met with President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the regional summit, where he raised concerns over human rights.

"We impressed upon him the need to respect the rule of law and, as always, offered Canada's support and help as a friend to help move forward," Trudeau told reporters.


The Canadian Prime Minister charmed Filipinos when he stopped by a local fast food chain for a take-out meal upon arriving in Manila.

He also visited a women's advocacy center on the same day before proceeding to the gala dinner in Pasay City.

While many were charmed once more by the handsome Prime Minister, protesters criticized Trudeau over the still unresolved issue of a Canadian firm's garbage shipment to Manila.

In a press briefing Tuesday, Trudeau said Canada is doing what it could to resolve the matter.

"We had legal barriers and restrictions that prevented us from taking it back, but that's done now," Trudeau said.

But there are still questions being discussed such as "who will pay for it, where the financial responsibility is," he added.

This was Trudeau's second visit to the Philippines. His first trip to Manila was during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2015.