GINTA – What is accountability worth these days?

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HERE WE GO AGAIN: like some relentless zombie, the story of the forgotten trash that belongs to Canada but is currently ‘vacationing’ in the Philippines has returned do haunt us, much to our shame.

This time it comes with a threat, in the shape of a clear-as-daylight message from the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: ‘We will declare war against them.’ (Canada, that is.)

The said trash is not a negligible amount, but more than 100 full containers, unethically labeled ‘recyclable plastic.’ The company that sent it over to a port near Manila back in 2013 and 2014 is apparently defunct, but the consequences of their ill-thought plan are affecting two countries.

How is that possible to have a company go defunct and thus become unaccountable when so much is at stake?


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1 Comment on GINTA – What is accountability worth these days?

  1. Seems to me that we should know who the executives of the company were.. They should now be accountable. Can’t believe that it is impossible to track them down.

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