Authorities confiscated some 202 talking mynahs and blue-naped parrots from a suspected wildlife trafficker in Barangay Quinlogan, Quezon municipality, on Wednesday, July 11.
Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) Information Officer Jovic Fabello told Palawan News that birds were seized at 5:55 a.m. However, the alleged caretaker, Joseph Quintayo, managed to evade the enforcers.
“Pangalawang beses na ito ngayong taon na naka-confiscate tayo sa southern Palawan ng malalaking bilang ng kiyaw at pikoy dahil sa malakas na information sharing mula sa mga communities,” he stated.
Confiscated were 76 endangered Talking mynahs,125 blue-naped parrots, and one still unidentified bird species.
The suspect reportedly abandoned his 5-year old son in his effort to evade enforcers. The child was endorsed to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).
Fabello said a case on violation of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Act of the Philippines will be filed against Quintayo.
Fabello said they have intensified their enforcement operations not only in the southern part of the province but also in northern Palawan, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.
“Mas pinalakas na ngayon kasi maganda na ang relationship na meron sa mga law enforcement agencies like Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, 2nd Special Operations Unit ng PNP Maritime, at iba pa,” he said.