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PIA Press Release
2006/10/31

Palace backs Senate probe on JPEPA

Iloilo City (31 October) -- Malacaņang recently opened its doors for Senate scrutiny on the controversial Philippines-Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) that allows Japan to export its waste to the country in exchange for the hiring of Filipino medical workers.

Officials are quick to defend the agreement believing that both countries are bound to follow what they have agreed upon dismissing critics' claim that Philippines would become Japan's toxic dumping area.

"The Philippines and Japan are bound by the pertinent international conventions on the disposal of toxic waste and the government will never allow the entry of toxic wastes into the Philippines soil under any circumstances."

The palace is confident that it will pass the test of national interest and welfare asserting that apprehensions on the agreement is unfounded as the two countries would be respecting each other's sovereign rights and interests. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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