In the meantime, the so-called. A Korean lunatic, a lawmaker on Monday, called for the return of some 51 container vans, allegedly filled with heavy garbage back to South Korea.
In a privileged speech, Iligan Rep. Frederik Siao, quoting the Customs Office (BOC), said the garbage dispatched to the port of Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental on July 24th.
"As a representative of Iligan Citi, I say that Iligan Citia residents are discarding these 51 containers of garbage from South Korea. We demand from the recipient, Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. and its sender based in South Korea to pay all the costs of returning garbage to South Korea" , Siao said.
On October 24, Siao said Verde Soko, through his representative, filed a motion to abolish the departure of the shipment.
"Only that day, on October 24th, the customs realized that the consignment was there for a total of four months," Siao said.
"This issue also includes our laws on solid waste management, customs, tariffs and an international agreement known as the" Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, "he said.
The lawyer, citing the BOC, says that 51 containers of garbage came to the ship MV Affluent Ocean, which could be "the largest shipment of waste that entered the country."
In the meantime, the legislator has requested the Department of Environment, Trade (DTI), Internal and Judiciary to close and use all property Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp.
"We want all the officers and supervisors of the Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. arrested, accused and tried for violation of our laws. We want these culprits on the departure list to prevent their escape through our international airports and sea bays," he said.
Siao also asked DENR, DTI, DILG and Tagolan local government officials to file administrative and criminal charges against all persons who approved, processed and signed on any of Verde Soko's licenses and approvals.
"We want the Foreign Ministry to file a verbal note or diplomatic protest against the Republic of Korea. We want our DFA to ask the South Korean government to arrest, close down and run the Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. in South Korea," he added.
Siao also asked the DFA to invite the Basel Convention to which Philippines and South Korea are both parties.
"If South Korea refuses to close, then we take the necessary measures as defined by the Basel Convention and its procedures," he added.
"This is the second time in the recent memory that the garbage was sent to the Philippines from another country. The first was from Canada, and we want DENR and DFA to report to the Congress on the status of garbage from Canada," Siao said.