Capitol task force scores anew against endangered species violators

A buy-bust operation led to the arrest of two persons selling birds considered to be among in the list of endangered species in San Roque, Talisay City on June 26.

The two suspects who are from the cities of Cebu and Talisay are now temporarily detained at the Capitol Civil Security Unit (CSU) detention room while formal complaints have been readied against them.

Taken from them as pieces of evidence were two Philippine hawk-eagle, one serpent eagle, six Cockatoo birds, and one Amethyst dove which have cost from P1,000 to P6,000 each.

Capitol Security Officer IV Loy Anthony Madrigal narrated that two days ago, an unidentified person contacted him and offered to sell birds that are considered endangered species, which he readily accepted. The two of them then later agreed to meet at the vicinity of a gasoline station in Barangay San Roque, Talisay City.

Past 9 a.m. on June 26, a member of the Capitol CSU then posed as a buyer and met the two persons who were on board a Toyota Revo vehicle loaded with the said endangered species birds.

Madrigal said that he and his companions including a representative from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were just observing from a distance waiting for the signal to swoop down on the illegal bird sellers. When it was time, they approached the suspects and arrested them for violation of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Act.

The endangered birds, which are believed to come from Mindanao, will be turned over to the DENR for proper disposition while appropriate charges will be filed against the violators on June 30.