File photo of the joint operation that seized 150 tons of fossilized giant clam shells at King's Paradise Resort in Barangay Panitian, Sofronio Española in June 2021. | Photo by 2nd SOU-MG

Authorities have filed a complaint against a certain Antonio King and two others in connection with the confiscation of 150 tons of fossilized giant clam shells in June 2021 from King’s Paradise Island Resort in Barangay Panitian, Sofronio Española.

The 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (2nd SOU-MG) under P/Lt. Col. Ervin Glenn Provido, said in a statement the case filed at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor was for violation of Section 27 of Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, specifically for collection and hunting or possessing of wildlife, their byproducts, and derivatives.

Law enforcement personnel stand in front of a pile of fossilized giant clam shells at at King’s Paradise Resort in Barangay Panitian, Sofronio Española in June 2021 | Photo by 2nd SOU-MG

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On June 28, a joint team of law enforcement authorities confiscated in an operation an estimated P250 million worth of fossilized giant clam shells at King’s Paradise Resort. They arrested Eulogio Togonon who was suspected to be one of the owners.

The others were Totong Josos, Nonoy Guliman, Vilmor Pajardo, all residents of Brgy. Iraray of the same town, but they were not present at the island during the raid.

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