Over 900 freshwater turtles rescued in Palawan

Jay Zabanal, ABS-CBN News Palawan

Posted at Oct 19 2015 10:39 AM | Updated as of Oct 19 2015 06:39 PM

PALAWAN – At least 979 freshwater turtles were rescued in Taytay, Palawan on Sunday evening.

Authorities seized the turtles from suspects Joel Sulayaw, Gerald Favila and Benjie Dimasupil in Barangay Old Guinlo at around 8:30 p.m. by members of the Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force, Bantay Palawan Task Force, and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development.

The rescued turtles will be brought to Puerto Princesa City where they will be turned over to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. They will then be released into the wild.

The suspects are facing charges for violating Republic Act 9147 or the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act."