After a well-planned and patient surveillance, rangers of El Nido Environmental Law Enforcement Council [ENELEC] caught 4 poachers trying to ship endangered wildlife at El Nido Port on August 6, 2011. This was a response to the information given by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff [PCSDS] that there would be illegal shipments of wildlife from Quezon, Palawan to Manila.

At around 11:40 PM, the Seaport Inspection Team, led by Mr. Robert Jaboli, ENELEC’s Control Post Officer, arrested and turned over to the local police Phibe Arro Trujello, 45, of Baltan Street, Puerto Princesa City, Grace Morales Diaz, 31 of Quezon, Palawan, Nimfa Palma Cordero, 50, of Bgy. Liberty, Puerto Princesa City, and Aida Deblus Oas, 50, of New Buncag, Puerto Princesa City.  ENELEC also confiscated 71 talking mynas, 42 green parrots and 1 Philippine Cockatoo which were later turned over to a wildlife rescue center.

Mayor Edna Gacot-Lim ordered Mr. Raffy Cabate, Municipal Environmental Desk Officer, to file a case against the said poachers for violating Republic Act 9147 [also known as the Wildlife Act]. The Local Government Unit of El Nido commended the efforts of Roy Gabo, Francis Louie Dela Cruz the Rodolfo Dreo, membes of Seaport Inspection Team, for doing their duties well. The LGU also thanked the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Ports Authority for their help. [Arvin Acosta, LGU; Photos by Raffy Cabate]