Canada PM Trudeau back in PH for ASEAN Summit

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is back in the Philippines Sunday for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits in Metro Manila.

Trudeau arrived at the Clark International Airport around 1:42 p.m. He was welcomed by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña.

The Canadian Prime Minister, upon alighting from the plane, waved at the welcoming crowd and shook the hands of other government officials.

 

He also greeted the performers who performed a welcome dance.

 

Trudeau was last in the Philippines for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Trudeau has been criticized by environmental groups in the Philippines after a controversial export of garbage by Canada to the country.

During the APEC Summit in 2015, he said a "Canadian solution was being developed."

A total of 98 container vans containing trash were shipped to the Philippines in several batches from June to August 2013.

An environmental watchdog group, BAN Toxics Today, in a statement Thursday, demanded the return of Canada's trash to their country.

"Canada's toxic waste dumping is about upholding our national dignity, ensuring environmental protection, and protecting the health of Filipinos. PM Trudeau, Filipino lives matter!" Anna Kapunan from the BAN Toxics Today group said.