Veteran journalist Jojo Robles hits Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings during his brief conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on November 14.
report, Trudeau said he talked to President Duterte right before the start of the 9th ASEAN-Canada Commemorative Summit. According to him,
He also added,
I actually had an opportunity to have a conversation with President Duterte just before our meeting earlier this morning, in which I emphasized, of course, the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connections there.However, Robles said Trudeau "only wanted to divert attention from the 50 containers of Canadian garbage that his country sent here back in 2013."
But I also mentioned human rights, rule of law, specifically extrajudicial killings, as an issue that Canada is concerned with.
He also added,
A man may look like a movie star, smile a lot, pick up babies, join you in selfies and go for chicken at Jollibee. But he could also be a lying, good-for-nothing politician at the same time.Below is Robles' unsolicited opinion on the said issue posted on his Facebook account. Please read.
THE REAL TRUDEAU: The thing about Justin Trudeau is that he is a consummate political showman, with a master's degree in diversionary tactics.
So when Trudeau said he "impressed" on Duterte the need to look into alleged human rights violations, he only wanted to divert attention from the 50 containers of Canadian garbage that his country sent here back in 2013.
Trudeau promised two years ago in Manila that he would look into the matter of Canadian garbage sent to the Philippines. Up to now, 2017, he still can't say that he already has a real solution to the problem.In a press conference on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, Trudeau said he and President Duterte touched on the issue of the controversial dumping of Canadian garbage in the Philippines in 2013 during informal talks Tuesday morning.
A man may look like a movie star, smile a lot, pick up babies, join you in selfies and go for chicken at Jollibee. But he could also be a lying, good-for-nothing politician at the same time.
We also discussed the garbage issue which has been a long-standing irritant and I committed to him as I am happy to commit to you all now that Canada is very much engaged in finding a solution on that.As far as the Philippines is concerned, the Manila Regional Trial Court in May 2017 already ordered the return of 50 container vans carrying Canadian garbage, to be paid for by the Canadian private company that had it shipped, CNN Philippines reported.
Canadian legal regulations prevented us from being able to receive the waste back to Canada. We had legal barriers and restrictions that prevented us from taking it back, but that's done now.