2 'bayawak' traders nabbed in Pampanga | Inquirer News
Close  
DENR stresses need to protect, conserve wildlife species

2 ‘bayawak’ traders nabbed in Pampanga

By: - Social Media Content Lead / @carlomolina_
/ 01:09 PM September 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Regional environment and wildlife authorities recently apprehended two men selling 11 Luzon monitor lizards, locally known as “bayawak”, in Sasmuan, Pampanga.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Pampanga identified the suspects as Ariel Torres and Daniel Sioco who are both residents of Barangay San Nicolas in Lubao town.

ADVERTISEMENT

Laudemir Salac, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer, said the suspects were selling the wild animals, which came from a fishpond in Lubao and in Bataan province, for P400 to P700 apiece.

Preservation, biodiversity

“Collecting, hunting or possessing and trading of wildlife without necessary permit from the DENR is prohibited under the law,” Salac said.

“We need to protect and conserve our wildlife species instead of selling them. They are important to biodiversity and vital to our ecosystem,” he added.

The monitor lizards, which are endemic to the Philippines, were turned over to an accredited wildlife rescue center in Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone for rehabilitation.

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s a crime

Michael Lopez, wildlife officer of DENR- Central Luzon, reminded the public that the collection, hunting, possession, and trading of wildlife is against the law.

Under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act, violators may face a maximum imprisonment of one year and a fine of up to one million pesos.

Stay away

Meanwhile, Paquito Moreno, executive director of the DENR, said people should refrain from interacting with wild and exotic animals to avoid zoonotic diseases.

Moreno also urged the public to report illegal trading of animals and other wildlife crimes to authorities.

gsg

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bayawak, DENR, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, illegal trade, Monitor Lizards, Pampanga
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.