MANILA, Philippines?A pair of myna birds in a cage got a 44-year-old woman in trouble with the law.
Preciosa I. Estacio, an Antipolo resident, was walking with the bird cage along C.M. Recto Avenue in Sta Cruz, Manila when she was promptly arrested and detained for possible violation of wildlife conservation laws.
Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, prohibits even mere possession of endangered species, including myna birds.
On Tuesday, Judge Silvino T. Pampilo Jr. of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 26 said he found probable cause to allow the trial of Estacio for the offense.
The court issued on the same day a commitment order to transfer the accused from her detention cell at the Manila Police District to the Manila City Jail until the end of her case.
Court records showed that on the morning of July 24, the arresting officer, PO2 Jolly Aliangan of the MPD's criminal investigation and detection unit, spotted Estacio with the black myna birds.
The policeman said he approached Estacio, introduced himself and asked her if she had a permit from environment authorities to possess the birds. When she failed to present any documents, Aliangan arrested her and brought her to the police station.
Upon questioning, Estacio opted to keep silent.