MANILA — Port of Batangas chief collector Atty. Ma. Rhea Gregorio and her deputy for operations in Atty. Filemon Mendoza, Jr. had handed over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) two animal tusks (from an elephant and rhino) along with 11 mineral stones.
The said articles were concealed in a shipment of household goods and were seized for violation of Republic Act No. 9147 “An Act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats.”
The turnover ceremony was witnessed by the officials of the Port and representatives from DENR-CENRO, Asian Terminal Inc., PNP Maritime Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Commission on Audit. (Kiara Lauren Ibanez/AI/MTVN)