The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is offering a reward of P100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the death of Philippine eagle “Pamana.”
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje announced on Thursday that the entire DENR community was distraught over the killing of yet another Philippine eagle, which he described as a setback to government efforts to protect the critically endangered raptor.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Pamana. Those responsible for this barbaric act must be arrested and punished for committing this environmental crime,” Paje said.
The Philippine eagle is protected under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. Illegal hunting within a protected area is punishable by a jail term of six years and a fine of up to P500,000.
Pamana, a three-year-old female Philippine eagle, was found dead by PEF biologists and forest guards at the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) in Davao Oriental last Sunday.
Paje said the DENR regional office, the Protected Area Management Board of MHRWS and the PEF are conducting a full investigation on the incident.
The Peaceful, Responsible Owners of Guns said in a statement that, “Shooting down and killing an endangered Philippine Eagle is downright (an) illegal act and immoral.”