PALAWAN - Four rare sea turtles were found in a mangrove area in Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.
According to a witness, the sea turtles' flippers were found bound to a mangrove.
Two of the hawksbill sea turtles were already dead when operatives from Barangay San Pedro and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development arrived in the area where they were found.
The hawksbill sea turtle is among those classified as critically endangered species.
According to the authorities, the incident is a violation of Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act.
The surviving sea turtles are now in the custody of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, which will monitor their recovery. - From a report by Cherry Camacho, ABS-CBN News