Ambassador to Canada recalled

DFA Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Samuel Santos image)

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday has ordered the recall of the diplomatic envoys of the Philippines to Canada after Ottawa missed its deadline to retrieve the tons of illegal garbage shipment in the country.

In a series of tweets, Locsin said that he has sent out letters of recall to the ambassador and consuls in the country’s mission to Toronto and is expecting them to be home “in a day or so”.

“At midnight last night, letters for the recall of our ambassador and consuls to Canada went out. They are expected here in a day or so. Canada missed the15 May deadline. And we shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there, ” he wrote.

Locsin said the purpose of the recall is to “maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there.”

He added that recall was triggered by Canada’s failure to show up at a supposed meeting with the Bureau of Customs, as reported by the Department of Finance (DOF).

“That the government may consider a 2 to 3 week delay DOES NOT EXTEND THE DEADLINE. Our diplomatic presence in Canada shall be de minimis. At the Japanese enthronement ceremony, DOF informed me that Canada did not show up at a meeting with Customs and that was the trigger,” Locsin said.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to declare war against Canada if it will not be ship back its illegal trash. The government has given Ottawa until 15 May to do so.