North Cotabato village orders hunt for King Cobra | Inquirer News

North Cotabato village orders hunt for King Cobra

Operation launched a week after grandma dies of snake bite
/ 07:21 PM February 17, 2015

MAKILALA, North Cotabato, Philippines – Local officials of Barangay Kisante here will launch an operation against King Cobras, locally known as “banakon,” following the death of a grandmother due to a snake bite last week.

Anaclito Abing, chairman of Barangay Kisante, said a 57-year old grandmother was harvesting star apples in her farm when attacked by a “banakon.”


Abing said he already issued an order urging his constituents to join in the cleanup drive and hunt for King Cobras suspected to be hiding near the Bulatukan River.

“We will do this to spare our children and our constituents from future snake attacks,” Abing explained.


Abing believes that the snakes have sought refuge near the river following the destruction of their habitat due to land conversion and development particularly in the mountainous areas of the village.

“We should accept the fact that banana plantations are mushrooming in our place, which might have caused these creatures to look for safer place and, this time, near the populace,” Abing said.

He said since last year, at least three persons have died of snake bites.

At least three snakes, measuring at least eight feet long and weighing 8 to 10 kilograms, had been killed by residents.

He urged neighboring villages to launch a “snakehunt.”

“Let us unite. I know that this is not an easy job, but we need to do it for ourselves and our people in the barangay,” Abing said.



Autopsy: Boy died of snake bite

Woman drowns, kid suffers snake bite as floods hit Iloilo town

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: Anaclito Abing, barangay chairman, Barangay Kisante, elderly, hunt, King Cobra, Makilala, News, North Cotabato, Regions, Safety, snake bite, snake bite death
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 | 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.