TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental – Filipino and South Korean officials are holding bilateral talks to discuss the return to South Korea of the remaining 5,000 metric tons of trash at the Mindanao Container Terminal.
"Details of returning the remaining Verde Soko garbage totalling over 5,000 metric tons are expected to be ironed out during the bilateral meeting," said Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette Uy in a statement Thursday.
The closed-door meeting is off limits to media. The Bureau of Customs also declined to be interviewed until a final agreement has been reached.
The National Bureau of Investigation already filed criminal charges against South Korean trash importer Verde Soko for violation of Republic Act No. 6969 or the Toxic and Hazardous Waste Act and Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Eight officials of Verde Soko, including three Korean nationals, were included in the criminal case.
Some 51 containers of trash were returned to South Korea in January but those shipped in July last year remain at the Verde Soko plant in Barangay Sta. Cruz.