Foreign buyer behind P2-B worth of giant clams seized in GenSan: DENR

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Posted at Oct 30 2019 12:09 PM

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MANILA - Authorities are searching for a foreign buyer of some P2 billion worth of giant clams found in General Santos City, an environment official said Wednesday.

The endangered giant clams were fossilized and could be used for cosmetics and decorations, according to DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

"Meron po kaming information na somewhere malapit lang po sa lugar doon nagbibillet 'yung foreigner," Antiporda told radio DZMM.

(We have information that the foreigner is billeting somewhere nearby.)

"Ine-export po nang buo 'yan. Iniipon po hanggat sa dumating 'yung buyer at bulto po kung bilhin yan."

(These are exported as a whole, they are gathered in one place until the buyer comes.)

The clams weigh some 120 tons and could be sold for P2,000 per kilo, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Soccsksargen.

Those who harvest and sell giant clams could face imprisonment of 5 to 8 years and a fine of P300,000 to P3 million, authorities earlier said.

"Decades bago mabuhay ito then papatayin lang nila, talaga pong napakasakit po satin nito," Antiporda said.