The joint DENR-PNP operation held on August 13, 2016 resulted to the confiscation of nine (9) reticulated pythons, and six (6) exotic species consisting of five (5) albino snakes and one (1) green python. Technical staff from the DENR said that the animals were not fed for some days resulting to the death of one snake and the weak or poor condition of few others.
The DENR further said that the Espinosas were not issued with a Certificate of Registration or a Captive Breeding Permit, thus they are not allowed to hold these wild animals in possession.
According to DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca the snakes should be left undisturbed in their natural habitat and should not be possessed or collected by any individual or group without appropriate permit. Hence, possession of wildlife without permit is a ground for confiscation of the animals in favor of the government.
The DENR Director further said that the confiscated snakes are now temporarily placed at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Palo, Leyte for proper treatment and care. The reticulated pythons will be released back into the wild as soon as their conditions improve.
Report from the DENR states that the office is now conducting further inquiry on the incident, citing possible violation of Sec. 27 (f) of RA 9147, otherwise known as Wildlife Act of 2001.
The operation was conducted by a joint retrieval team composed of DENR regional office personnel headed by the Assistant Division Chief of DENR’s Conservation and Development Division Forester Crisostomo Badeo, DENR -CENRO Albuera headed by Forester Leonardo Germano, and PNP Albuera led by Police Inspector John Michael Crispino.
Pythons are listed as endangered species. The Wildlife Act states that violations involving these kind of species is punishable with imprisonment of one year and one day to two years and a fine of twenty thousand (P20,000.00) to two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00).
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