MANILA - Four men were arrested after they were caught transporting more than 70 exotic animals in Glan, Sarangani.
Members of the Maritime Police nabbed Leonilo Lomokso, Oswaldo Bawasanta, Dimsun Karel and Alvin Allian, all from General Santos, who were caught transporting cages with birds, reptiles and other animals which came from Indonesia.
Lomokso refused to reveal who their financier is, simply saying that transporting wild animals is their source of income.
According to the Protected Area and Wildlife Preservation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12, most of the species of animals, like the red necked wallaby, the Indonesian green snake, the sugar glider, the palm cockatoo, green lizard, rainbow lorikeet and the dusky lory, were included in the list of least concern species.
However, the white cockatoo, the long beaked echidna and the Pesquet parrot are included in the list of vulnerable and critically endangered species.
The birds will be quarantined for one month in case these are infected with bird flu.
The four men will be charged with violation of transporting of wildlife section of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
A large cache of exotic animals was seized in Surigao City last week. The animals also came from Indonesia and were transported from General Santos City. -- report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN