Sacks of dried endangered species seized in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2019   •   345

(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.

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.

‘An environmental crime’ – millions of seahorses found on ship in Peru

UNTV News   •   October 4, 2019

In an operation at the port of Callao on Monday (September 30), Peruvian authorities seized some 12.3 million seahorses that were illegally caught and allegedly destined to be sold abroad, according to local reports.

The seahorses, of the Hippocampus ingens species which is protected by Peruvian regulations, were dried out and possibly destined to be sold for medicinal purposes in China according to local media.

Four crew members of the ship carrying the illegal contraband were detained by Peruvian authorities and will face charges of up to three to five years according to local media.

The millions of seahorses were stored within the ship in 55 boxes that weighed in at over one ton. (REUTERS)

(Production: Carlos Valdez)

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.

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