Maritime group nabs suspected wildlife trafficker in Bataraza

Suspected wildlife trafficker Exzolito L. Siggit of Barangay Tagnato, Bataraza, who was arrested for possessing and transporting live blue-naped parrots and a juvenile Philippine cockatoo (insets) on May 5, 2019. (Photos courtesy of 2nd SOU-MG)


A suspected wildlife trafficker was arrested on Sunday by personnel of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (2nd SOU-MG) in Barangay Tagnato, Bataraza.

Police Colonel Greg Togonon, chief of the 2nd SOU-MG in Palawan, identified the suspect as Exzolito L. Siggit, 31, and a resident of the same barangay.

He said Siggit was arrested while actually possessing and transporting five live blue-naped parrots (pikoy) and a Philippine cockatoo (katala) around 7:30 p.m. at Sitio Kayasyasan, Barangay Rio Tuba in the municipality.

Togonon said Siggit will be charged for violation of R.A. 9147 or the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources Act.

“We are warning anyone who will engage in this illegal gathering and selling of protected wildlife species to stop because we will arrest them and make them responsible,” Togonon said.

The birds were turned over to wildlife authorities.

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