Over 100 Palawan mynas seized from poacher

About 129 heads of Palawan mynahs were rescued from a poacher during an enforcement operation at around 10 p.m. in Brgy. Bono-bono, Bataraza last April 18.

            The mynas, seized from a man named Genesis Palasigue, were stuffed in crammed baskets and cages.

            According to the resords, Palasigue had also been charged in February 2014 for possessing 11 talking mynas and 2 leopard cats, but he was able to evade arrest.

            Palawan Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa palawenensis) Palawan hill mynas are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Bird Species.

            These birds are vital to the ecosystem as they help in pollination and regulation of insect population.

            The rescued mynas were turned over to Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center for quarantine and eventual release back to the wild.

            On the other hand, Palasigue is  subjected to inquest proceedings for violating Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act which prohibits the trade and abuse of wildlife.

            The enforcement operation was by Philippine National Police Intelligence Group RIU4B PIT-Palawan, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Enforcement Division, and Bantay Palawan of the Provincial Goverment of Palawan.

The confiscated Palawan mynas crammed in small cages.