Endangered Wild Birds in the Philippines Seized

Joint operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have seized a total of 330 endangered wild birds, reptiles and mammals valued at P3.2 million in Barangay Mahayag, this city.

One of the alleged suspect, or handler of the endangered specie was an Indonesian national.

The discovery of the haul came out after extensive surveillance conducted by the joint operatives of the DENR and the National Bureau of Investigation Southern Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-SEMRO).

The DENR and NBI-SEMRO in Southern Mindanao already filed a case on Friday at the Davao City Prosecution Office against the alleged suspects Mike and Felina Artucilla, Catalino Gabrinto, Jose Marie Justan, Warren Aguilar, Roger Abria, Menira Maulana and Billy Kawekes, an Indonesian national.

The suspects were charged with violation of Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

The said endangered species allegedly came from Indonesia and Papua, New Guinea.

In an official report on Saturday to Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Eleazar P. Quinto, Southern Mindanao DENR Regional Executive Director (RED) Jim O. Sampulna, said among the seized endangered birds are Palm Cockatoo which has a value of P150,000.00 each; birds of paradise valued at P75,000.00 each; black lory at P18,000 each; yellow crested cockatoo and black caped lory at P15,000 each, among others.

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