OPERATIVES from the Quezon Provincial Police nabbed a group engaged in illegal animal trade in Tayabas town, Quezon province, reports said on Monday.
Radio reports said the checkpoint team intercepted the suspects at about 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The police seized about173 mynah birds, three blue-naped parrots, four Palawan hornbills and five Palawan river otters during the operations. Police said that the group, carrying the endangered species, was heading to a port in Lucena City aboard a motorboat when the police intercepted them.
Meanwhile, the intercepted endangered species have been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Quezon province. DENR said that a team from the DENR main office in Metro Manila was also sent to the area to check the confiscated wildlife. PNA