MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In 2013, a shipment from Canada arrived in the Port of Manila, disguised as recyclable plastics. But upon inspection by Customs, it was discovered that the 103 shipping containers had nothing but old wires, CDs, used plastic cups and soiled adult diapers.
The Philippines wanted to ship back the trash but Canada has consistently rejected the idea.
Forward to 2018.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte presided over the crushing of dozens of smuggled luxury cars as a clear message that his government will not tolerate any form of illegal shipment.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte has instructed the Bureau of Customs to ship the scrap metal from the crushed luxury cars to Canada. Roque said that it was Duterte’s answer to the Canadian trash shipment of 2013.
Now it’s even, but Duterte’s move was described by many as more classy: BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Lamborghini scrap metal vs. soiled adult diapers.