MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have seized various species of endangered birds in Barangay Puntabaja, Sitio Balite, Rial, Palawan.
According to Palawan Maritime Police, several cages containing 180 Philippine green parrots or “pikoy,” 2 hill mynas and 2 horn bills were recovered in separate locations in the forests of Brgy. Puntabaja.
Some of the cages were also found in a hut believed to be owned by a certain Ghaven San Juan.
San Juan was arrested and may face multiple charges for keeping the endangered species.
He said he will cooperate with police in the arrest of other members of the group.
Authorities estimate the confiscated birds to amount to P220,000.
They suspect that the birds were about to be shipped to Batangas when it was discovered.
The birds were turned over to the care of the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. -- Report from Edinel Magtibay, ABS-CBN News Palawan