Father recovers son’s head, right leg after crocodile attack in Balabac, Palawan

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019   •   1201

PALAWAN, Philippines – MIMAROPA Police reported on Wednesday (August 14) that a 10-year-old boy was attacked and bitten by a crocodile in the swampy waters of Sitio Tagpanasan in Barangay Salang, Balabac, Palawan on Sunday (August 11).

The incident happened when the victim, Milhasan Suraping, along with his brother Lokan (12) and sister Marlina (15) went to a store using a small boat.

Investigation revealed that the victim was sitting at the back of the boat when he was suddenly attacked and snapped by a crocodile.

The victim’s father, Robinsio Suraping, immediately reported the incident to Balabac Municipal Police and together with his neighbors, they conducted search and rescue until 1:00 AM the following day.

Personnel of Balabac MPS, DENR, MDRMO, PCG and SBU joined the search and rescue.

It was only on Tuesday (August 13) when fisherman Ajalong Amalong, a resident of Sition Odyong in Barangay Catagupan, found the victim’s head and right leg at the mangrove in the area of Sitio Tagpanasan.

After recovering and cleaning the boy’s body parts, Robinsio immediately buried his son’s remains. – MNP

BI deports 301 Chinese nationals from Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deports 294 Chinese nationals in two chartered flights at the Puerto Princesa International Airport on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday announced it has deported 294 Chinese nationals who were found illegally working in the country.

In a statement, the BI said the Chinese nationals left the country via two chartered flights at the Puerto Princesa International Airport earlier in the day.

The bureau said the deported Chinese nationals were part of the 329 foreigners arrested in eight different establishments last September for violating the conditions of their stay by working in the country without necessary permits and visas.

Fortunato Manahan, Chief of BI’s Intelligence Division, added that seven minors were also intercepted during the same operation.

“Upon determination of their age, they were ordered released. Custody has been turned over to the Chinese Embassy, and they have also flown out today, bringing up the total number to 301,” Manahan said.

Manahan added that the passports of the 301, including the minors, have also been canceled by the Chinese government, making them undocumented aliens.

The group is the first to leave from the batch of illegal aliens arrested in Palawan.

The BI said it is now processing the deportation of 17 more Chinese nationals while the remaining 11 have pending cases that need to be resolved before they can be allowed to leave the country.

These foreigners are temporarily detained at an inn in Puerto Princesa secured by military and immigration agents, the bureau said.

PCG nabs 8 Vietnamese poachers in Palawan

UNTV News   •   September 28, 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) arrested eight Vietnamese on Thursday (September 26) for allegedly poaching sharks along the coast of Barangay Mangsee in Balabac, Palawan.

The PCG said they received reports about a foreign vessel sailing in the Philippine coast without proper documents.

According to the suspected poachers, they were unaware that they were already sailing into Philippine territory, and added that the sharks they caught were caught in Vietnamese waters.

Authorities found dead sharks and dried shark skin and bones inside the Vietnamese vessel.

PCG Palawan Spokesperon Lt. Commander Christian Jazmin said the Vietnamese nationals will undergo inquest proceedings and will face charges for illegal entry and for violating Republic Act 9147 or Wildlife Act.

Sacks of dried endangered species seized in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2019

(L-R) A box of dried seahorse and sacks of other dried endangered species

A joint law enforcement operation yielded stockpiles of dried endangered species and wildlife byproducts seized at Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa in Palawan last September 27.

Authorities recovered 38 sacks of dried pangolin scale; 18 boxes of dried seahorse and nine ice boxes of dried sea turtle carapace.

According to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), the confiscated items are now under the custody of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Staff.

The killing, hunting, processing of protected wild is against RA 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The operation was a joint initiative of Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines (WESCOM, AFP) together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and barangay officials of San Pedro.

Follow up operations are ongoing to identify the identities behind the unlawful activity.

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