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Hagedorn sincere to curb illegal trade of wildlife animals PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Hill MynaPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 30 (PNA) -- Mayor Edward Hagedorn showed his sincerity to curb illegal trade of wildlife species in the city.

In a simple turn over ceremony at the city’s coliseum today, Hagedorn gave a reward to the police authorities who confiscated almost 300 exotic wildlife species from still unidentified suspects who tried to transport in the city.

Hagedorn awarded P50,000 to the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) led SPO1 Tony Magbanua for confiscating 200 blue-nape parrots, 96 talking mynahs or “kiaos” and four Palawan bear cats worth approximately 1.5 million pesos which reportedly came from southern town of Quezon.

Alroben Goh, city information officer, said Hagedorn, being true-bloodied environmentalist, is very sincere to stop illegal trade of exotic birds and wildlife animals in Puerto Princesa.

Palawan is rich in wildlife species such as Palawan monkeys, parrots, bearcats, peacocks, mongoose, porcupine, mouse deer, among others.

There are 323 species of wild life in the province, gaining for it the title “haven of Philippine Wildlife”.

Goh said that most the wildlife traffickers came southern Palawan towns like Rizal and Quezon, where the local traders bought the mynah and parrots from tribesmen at very low prices.

In Palawan, mynah can be bought at P700, and parrot at P300. But bird lovers in Manila buy Mynah at P10,000 to 15,000 each. (PNA)

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