Sat, 20 Aug 2022

BUTUAN CITY - Police officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Surigao del Norte arrested two sellers of wild birds in an entrapment operation on Thursday afternoon.

In a report on Saturday, the CIDG said personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) have reported that a certain Maximino Lanugon Jr. was posting on his Facebook account the sale of Malayan Hornbills and Indian Peafowls at PHP25,000 each.

In an entrapment operation carried out along the national highway in Barangay Mabini, Placer, Surigao del Norte, the authorities arrested Lanugon and his accomplice, identified as Sulpicio Bangonon, after they sold the wild birds to a police officer posing as a buyer.

Seized from their possession were seven Malayan Hornbills and two juvenile female Indian Peafowls.

"The suspects will be charged (with) violating the provisions of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act," the CIDG said. (PNA)

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