The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), together with other government agencies, apprehended the supposed selling of 200 tons of fossilized giant clams, with a market price of around P1.2 billion, resulting in the arrest of four poachers in Roxas, Palawan on Friday.
According to PCG Palawan district commander Commodore Genito Basilio, the seizure of the contrabands is considered the biggest giant clam shell haul in the province to date.
Citing information released by the PCG headquarters in Manila, the haul of giant clams was discovered at the Sitio Green Island, Barangay Tumarbong, in Roxas town.
The PCG identified the arrested poachers as 54-year-old Rey Cuyos, 48-year-old Rodolfo Rabesa, 47-year-old Julius Molejoa and 40-year-old Erwin Miagao.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
They were brought to the Palawan council for sustainable development (PCSD) for inquest proceedings and filing of appropriate cases.
The joint law enforcement operations were conducted by the Coast Guard Intelligence Group Palawan, Coast Guard District Palawan, PCSD, PNP-Maritime Group Palawan, AFP Intelligence Operatives and Bantay Dagat Roxas.
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