DENR welcomes filing of charges vs. driver w/ dead pangolins, pawikan
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said he welcomes the filing of charges against a truck driver found illegally transporting 21 frozen Palawan pangolins and 16 dead marine turtles in Puerto Princesa City on Saturday.
“This is an outright disregard of our environmental laws, particularly our Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection law. There is no justification for the smuggling and killing of our wildlife species,” Cimatu said.
Charged by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), for violation of Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, at the City Prosecutor’s Office is Joshue C. Arellano, who is now under the custody of the Puerto Princesa police.
Cimatu urged the Philippine National Police to dig deeper into the case to expose other perpetuators of the crime.
At the same time, the DENR chief extended his appreciation for the hard work and dedication done by DENR-MIMAROPA, and the rest of the apprehending teams in tracking down illegal wildlife trade and putting environment culprits behind bars.
“It’s going to be a tough fight but I know you’re in for the long haul. Do not falter because we are one in making sure our wildlife is protected and conserved for our future,” Cimatu said.