KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO – Another alleged wildlife traders were arrested Wednesday, July 28, in Koronadal City by the authorities from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and Philippine National Police (PNP).
DENR-12 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Mama G. Samaon said that they have received an information of an alleged selling of Philippine Hanging Parrots, widely known as Colasisi, in the social media.
Forester Dirie P. Macabaning, chief of the DENR-12 Enforcement Division, immediately ordered the investigation of the alleged online wildlife trafficking.
Two suspects from Tampakan, South Cotabato were successfully apprehended by the DENR-12 Enforcement Division with the assistance of Koronadal City Police Station during the entrapment operation on July 28 in this city including the 20 heads of Colasisi.
Chief Macabaning stressed that it is a clear violation of the Section 27 of Republic Act 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.”
Criminal complaint was also filed by the agency against the suspects before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Koronadal.
The Parrots were also turned over to DENR-12 Regional Widlife Rescue Center at Sultan Kudarat State University Lutayan Campus.
The public is advised to report any illegal wildlife trade and other environmental crimes through the DENR-12 official social media page @DENR12Official and Hotline Number: 09307868987. | Photo Courtesy: DENR-12 Enforcement Division