Trudeau says Duterte receptive on human rights, an issue Canada also faces

CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shares French fries with customers of a popular fastfood chain in Manila, Jollibee. Interaksyon Photo

CANADA’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was cordial and receptive when he brought about the issue of promoting human rights among nations.

In a press conference on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Trudeau said that most, if not all countries, grapple with human rights concerns thus the need to talk about it at such venues like the ASEAN.

Trudeau admitted that Canada itself has to deal with its own human rights issues concerning, among other things, its indigenous people.

On the garbage from his country that had been shipped to the Philippines, Trudeau said the issue is being addressed by the Canadian government although it is a commercial issue.

He said that among the matters to be resolved is who will shoulder the cost of returning the garbage to Canada.

He said that one point Canada had moved to take back the garbage but was stopped by Philippine authorities. But with such an issue already resolved, Trudeau said he expects the garbage to be finally brought home to his country.

On the execution of Canadian citizen Robert Hall by the Abu Sayyaf, Trudeau said the Canadian government is one with governments around the world in fighting terrorism.