Over 4,000 turtles rescued in Palawan

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Thousands of fresh water turtles were seized in Sitio Canumay, Brgy. Rio Tuba, Batarza, Palawan. Photo courtesy of Ephraim Canoy, ABS-CBN News Palawan

BATARAZA, Palawan – Thousands of fresh water turtles were seized in Sitio Canumay, Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan by the Provincial Law Enforcement Task Group early Wednesday morning.

The Provincial Law Enforcemnt Task Group conducted the operation by virtue of Search Warrant No. 2015-027 issued by Judge Ambrosio de Luna of RTC Palawan.

Initial inventory done by the authorities yielded 4,312 live fresh water turtles while 90 others were dead.

Thousands of fresh water turtles were seized in Sitio Canumay, Brgy. Rio Tuba, Batarza, Palawan. Photo courtesy of Ephraim Canoy, ABS-CBN News Palawan

Charges for violation of Section 27 of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Act will be filed in court against Albar Abdurakib, who identified himself as the caretaker.

The wildlife species will be returned to Puerto Princesa and will then be disposed in accordance to the Wildlife Act.

Thousands of fresh water turtles were seized in Sitio Canumay, Brgy. Rio Tuba, Batarza, Palawan. Photo courtesy of Ephraim Canoy, ABS-CBN News Palawan

Read More: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/06/17/15/over-4000-turtles-rescued-palawan

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