How Kuya Kim reacted to Pamana's death

By Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2015 07:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2015 06:58 PM

 

One of the captive PEF eagles peers back at Neil

Posted by Neil Rettig Productions on Thursday, 9 April 2015

MANILA - It is no secret how oratorically gifted ABS-CBN host Kuya Kim Atienza is.

From his weather reports in TV Patrol to his trivia spiels in his noontime show "It's Showtime," he delivers his lines with so much ease, certainty and authority, and even without much help from the telepromter.

But for a moment today, he stammered. He choked up. He was groping for words, and he was trying to compose himself after he found out some devastating news.

Pamana, the Philippine eagle that he released to the wild on Philippine Independence Day two months ago, was shot dead.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Atienza was holding back his tears. He felt he lost a child.

"Nakakagalit. Kelan tayo matututo na minsan, ginagawa natin ito para sa ating mga sarili. Itong katangahan at ang kabobohang ginagawa natin sa pagpatay sa agila ay nakaka apekto sa ating lahat eh. So nakaka- galit," he said.

"Bakit natin ito ginagawa? Ano ba? Bakit natin tigilan nito? Bakit ba natin binabaril ang agila? Anong dahilan? Kapag makita natin kung sino man ang gumawa nito, talagang hindi ko alam kung ano ang magiging reaction ko eh. Galit ang nararamdaman ko, inis."

He also recalled how he heard about the eagle's demise.

"Nung itinawag sa amin ng Philippine Eagle Foundation kahapon na hinahanap nga ang katawan ni Pamana, at nung nalaman namin kaninang umaga na binaril, syempre nakaka galit. At sana magkaroon din ng lesson na matutunan kung sino man ang bumaril kay Pamana."

LOCALS KNOW?

Atienza believes the local community there may have an idea who shot Pamana.

"Alam naman nila kung sino ang huma-hunting doon eh. Alam naman nila kung sino ang may pellet gun. Alam naman nila kung sino ang namamaril ng agila doon eh. Maganda sana kung magkaroon ng leads kung sino man, at maituro kaagad doon sa Philippine Eagle Center kung sino ang suspetsa nila."

 

The chick waits anxiously for another bite, perhaps lemur?

Posted by Neil Rettig Productions on Sunday, 18 January 2015

Atienza said he and his family have invested their time and resources for the protection of Philippine eagles.

He said his wife is a member of the Philippine Eagle Foundation board, and he has served as the foundation's ambassador for the past 6-7 years.

"Nung kay Pamana nung nire-rehabilitate ito, inimbitahan kami ng Philippine Eagle Foundation to be active talaga dun sa pag re rehabilitate sa kanya. And eventually noong malakas na siya, naimbitahan ang ABS-CBN, ang Matanglawin to cover it. And we covered it exclusively. At pinanik namin sa bundok iyan, dun sa kanyang holding center. We were given the privilege to be able to carry the bird and to actually release the bird. And it was a very emotional moment not only for me, sa lahat din ng tao doon," he recalled.

Atienza said Pamana's release was a big event attended by the governor, mayor and barangay officials.

He now plans to raise funds to help capture Pamana's killer.

"Sana magtulong-tulong na matukoy talaga kung sino ang may kagagawan nito. And it's about time na mapatawan ng mabigat na batas yung sino man ang gumawa. May batas na eh."

"I'd like to invite all my friends na mag put up kami ng reward money, na makapag raise kami ng pera na malaki- laki. Para mabigyan ng reward kung sino ang makapag tuturo kung sino man ang bumaril kay Pamana."

"Itong ibong ito ay simbolo ng ating pagka Pilipino. At ito ay sanga- sanga, tagni- tagni ika nga. Kung ano man ang gawin mo sa ibon, damay tayong lahat dyan. Pag naubos itong ibon na ito-isang cycle yan. Pati tayo mauubos tayo. Maubos ang Philippine eagle, maubos ang mga kagubatan, maubos ang mga puno, pati ang mga anak natin mauubos din. Sama-sama tayo dito," he said.