Authorities recover 14 live sea turtles in Mangsee, Balabac

Fourteen abandoned live sea turtles, or ‘pawikan’, were rescued by joint elements of Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 (MBLT-4), PNP Maritime and Philippine Coast Guard in an operation last Saturday, May 13 in Sitio Saod, Barangay Mangsee, Balabac, Palawan.

MBLT-4 Captain Wanel Ansa said in an interview with Palawan News that the rescue was made possible through the help of an “intelligence report” from the community.

The sea turtles were released back to the sea on May 14 with the help of the Navy and personnel from the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group in Balabac, said Ansa.

Ansa assured that their troops are always ready to collaborate with law enforcement task force to ensure that critically endangered species, like the pawikan, are being protected.

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