Gov’t rescues 300 smuggled live animals
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has commended personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rescue of over 300 smuggled live animals and arrest of four suspects in what has been dubbed as one of the country’s largest wildlife busts.
The successful operation was carried out last week by joint operatives from the NBI-Environmental Crime Division and the DENR’s Philippine Operations Group of Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade, also known as Task Force POGI.
“We feel proud that we have an accomplishment to share to the Filipino people,” Cimatu said.
“We are not talking about mining, we are not talking about pollution, but we are talking about conservation. This is really our main purpose in the DENR,” he added.
Cimatu already ordered the filing of criminal charges against the suspects identified as Abraham Fulla Bernales, Juner Bawenti, Nestor Torion and Jose Bandingan for violating provisions of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
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