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Environmental group urges Duterte: Tell Justin Trudeau to get back trash

Nov 09, 2017 - 2:13 PM

'We are waiting on the President to make good on his campaign promise to hold Canada and Trudeau accountable for their trash,' says environmental group BAN Toxics, as both leaders attend the APEC Summit in Vietnam

CANADA TRASH. An environmental group renews its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring back the trash that was illegally dumped in the Philippines in 2013. File photo from

Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Out of 350 000 workers in small scale gold mining 18 000 are women and children

Gov't, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Their campaign 1MBatangMalaya aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate child labor by 2025

1 MILLION FREE KIDS. The International Labor Organization, together with several national government agencies, vows to end child labor by 2025. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Environmental group to Duterte: 'Return Canada trash'

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:06 PM

BAN Toxics also calls on the president elect to sign treaties that will prevent a recurrence of the controversial Canada garbage issue

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

What green groups want to tell APEC leaders

Nov 16, 2015 - 6:20 PM

With world leaders coming to Manila this week environmentalists take the opportunity to air their concerns on mining illegally imported garbage and GMOs

MESSAGE TO WORLD LEADERS. Environments air their concerns to world leaders attending the APEC summit in Manila. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

Group takes illegal Canada garbage issue to int'l body

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Groups turn to an international body saying the Philippine government has been pressured by Canada not to put up a fuss

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Canada's great injustice against the Philippines

May 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

By making the Philippines agree to bury garbage illegally shipped from Canada a powerful country is exploiting a weaker country – the very dynamic the Basel Convention was designed to stop

Groups to Aquino: Remind Canada about illegal trash

May 04, 2015 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III s state visit to Canada is a chance for him to bring up illegally shipped garbage that has been stranded in Manila ports for two years

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Illegal Canadian garbage not toxic after all – DENR

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:46 PM

An environment group suspects government agencies are backing down on the issue because of President Aquino s planned state visit to Canada later this year

SAFE OR NOT SAFE? The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks, say green groups. Photo from

Leaking shipment of Canadian garbage poses health risks

Apr 02, 2014 - 9:39 PM

The health department needs to disinfect 18 container vans at the expense of the government

HAZARDOUS. The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks. Photo from

PH urged to ratify amendment vs hazardous waste trade

Mar 19, 2014 - 7:18 AM

The amendment bans rich nations from dumping harmful garbage into developing countries like the Philippines

HAZARDOUS. Electronic waste contains highly toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium which exposes people to serious health risks

'Ban Toxics' calls for safe mercury disposal system

Aug 10, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Ban Toxic challenges the government to develop a safe and strategic way of handling mercury

MERCURY-SPILL. 40 patients evacuated after tests showed high mercury contamination in Fabella Hospital. Photo from Help Fabella Facebook page