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Philippines lifts Canadian travel ban but no return of ambassador yet

Environmentalists carry a mock container of garbage from Canada as they protest at the Philippine Senate to demand the Canadian government speed up the removal of several containers of garbage that were shipped to the country six years ago Friday, May 24, 2019 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines is slowly normalizing diplomatic relations with Canada now that the trash tiff of 2019 has come to a close.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Bullit Marquez

 

OTTAWA — The Philippines is slowly normalizing diplomatic relations with Canada now that the trash tiff of 2019 has come to a close.

Philippine executive secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memo to department heads and government corporations June 4 saying the ban on travel to Canada and on interactions with Canadian officials is over.

There is no word yet on a return to Canada of the Philippine ambassador or consuls general, who were withdrawn until Canada took back a big load of garbage that had been festering in Philippine ports.

That happened May 30, nearly six years after the garbage first arrived in the Philippines falsely labelled as plastics for recycling.

The dispute came to a head in April when President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to declare war on Canada if the trash wasn’t returned.

Duterte then recalled diplomats and issued the travel and interaction bans when Canada missed a May 15 deadline for taking the trash back.

The Canadian Press

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