By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
TALISAY CITY – Two people were arrested for selling endangered birds in Talisay City.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said it will file a case on Monday against the two suspects.
The arrest was made during a buy-bust operation launched by the DENR 7 and the Provincial Government of Cebu, who got a tip that endangered birds were being sold in Talisay City.
The operation resulted in the recovery of six Umbrella Cockatoo, two Philippine Hawk Eagle, one Crested Serpent and one Brown Dove.
DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Isabelo Montejo said the department has been collating pieces of evidence and testimonies so that the appropriate case will be filed on Monday in violation to section 27 of RA 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
The two suspects failed to present legal documents to possess the said endangered birds, said Montejo. The birds, loaded in a blue-colored Toyota Revo, were believed to be coming from Mindanao.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora and DENR Administrative Order Number 2004-15 listed Philippine Hawk Eagle or Spizaetus philippensis as vulnerable, Philippine Serpent Eagle or Spilormis holospilus as endangered, and Crested Serpent Eagle or Spilomis cheela as endangered, Umbrella Cockatoo or Cacatua alba as endangered, and Brown Dove or Zenaida macroura as Other Wildlife Species (OWS).
“They should have an original copy of the certificate of wildlife registration or any permit from us to ensure that what they are buying are legal and are not prohibited or endangered,” he added.
These species will be turned over to the Crocolandia in Talisay City for temporary care and custodial safekeeping while the case is being heard, said Protected Area and Wildlife Division chief Ariel Rica.
Endangered species refers to species or subspecies that are not critically endangered but whose survival in the wild is unlikely if the causal factors continue operating.
Vulnerable species refers to a species of subspecies that are neither critically endangered nor endangered but is under threat from adverse factors throughout their range and is likely to move to the endangered category in the near future.