MANILA, Philippines - Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte on Tuesday said the National Bureau of Investigation is alredy investigating the alleged illegal ivory trade in the Philippines.
"[Justice] Secretary Leila de Lima has informed us that the NBI is already conducting an investigation on this in cooperation with the Bureau of Customs," she said.
"The particular unit in the NBI that is doing the investigation is the Environmental and Wildlife Protection Investigation Division and that depending on the outcome of the NBI probe, the DOJ will be looking at the possible prosecution of those involved after the investigation."
The Palace said the Bureau of Customs is also willing to help in the investigation.
“I have also coordinated with the Bureau of Customs and the BOC did tell me that they are very ready and willing to help in the investigation and that, just last week, they were able to intercept the shipment of rhino husks,” Valte said.
“So, again, before the news broke out the NBI had already been investigating this particular matter and the SOJ will be waiting for a final report from the NBI for the DOJ to be able to determine who the personalities [are] who will be up for possible prosecution,” she added.