MANILA - Barely a week after vowing to go to war with Canada over trash illegally dumped in the Philippines, President Duterte threatened to dump the garbage on Canada's "beautiful beaches."
Speaking before young athletes and their parents at the opening of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City, the President said the country was not a dumpsite for other nations' garbage.
He was reading from his prepared speech when he veered off-topic upon saying the words, "patriotic fervour."
"Together, let us nurture the talents and patriotic fervour of our youth so that… See, patriotic fervour. There are about 200 containers there sent by Canada, we are being treated like a dumpsite," Duterte said Sunday afternoon.
Recalling his threat to ship back Canada's garbage himself, he added: "I will tell them to load it onto ships next week. If you don't accept your garbage, I will dump it on your beautiful beaches."