Duterte trusts Trudeau vow to solve trash issue: Palace

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2017 12:09 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2017 01:30 PM

Duterte trusts Trudeau vow to solve trash issue: Palace 1
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a family photo during the ASEAN-Canada 40th anniversary commemorative summit in Metro Manila, Tuesday. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has faith that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will keep his promise to resolve a private firm's garbage shipment to the Philippines, Malacañang said Wednesday. 

Ontario-based private firm Chronic Inc had imported to the Philippines at least 55 containers filled with trash, including household waste, in 2013. Some of the containers were later sent to a landfill in Capas, Tarlac. 

In a press conference on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit on Tuesday, Trudeau said he has informed Duterte that Canada was ironing out details to take back the garbage shipment. 

"Si Presidente [Duterte], nagre-rely po iyan sa principle of good faith sa sinabi ng Canada na ipababalik nila ang basura nila," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told DZMM. 

"Inaasahan naman ni Presidente na gagawin nga iyan ni Prime Minister Trudeau," he said. 

(President Duterte is relying on the principle of good faith in Canada's statement that they would take back their trash. The President expects that Prime Minister Trudeau would do that.) 

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Trudeau promised to resolve the garbage issue in the same conversation where he told Duterte of Canada's concern on the killings under the Philippine anti-narcotics drive, Roque confirmed. 

Duterte has said the prime minister's move to bring up human rights was a "personal and official insult." 

"When you are a foreigner, you don’t know what exactly is happening in this country," he said. 

The President added foreign governments and organizations should refrain from getting "falsified" information on the war on drugs from the "opposition and communists."

Earlier in the day, Trudeau said Duterte was "receptive" when he raised concerns over "human rights, rule of law and extrajudicial killings" on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. 

The government says 3,800 drug suspects have been killed for putting up violent resistance in police operations. The Philippine National Police has also said there has been no extra-judicial killing under the Duterte administration.

Trudeau has left the Philippines for Canada. An "exhausted" Duterte meanwhile is set to conduct bilateral meetings with China on Wednesday, said Roque.