Four arrested in Palawan for selling ₱1.2-B worth of giant clams

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Courtesy: PCG

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) — Authorities have arrested four suspects in Palawan for selling 200 tons of fossilized giant clams shells, also known as taklobo, worth ₱1.2 billion.

In a statement Saturday, Commodore Genito Basilio, district Palawan commander of the Philippine Coast Guard, said the suspects were nabbed at Sitio Green Island in Barangay Tumarbong, Roxas on Friday. The incident is considered to be the biggest giant clam shell haul in the province, he added.

The operation was conducted by the Coast Guard Intelligence Group Palawan, Coast Guard District Palawan, PCSD, Philippine National Police Maritime Group Palawan, Armed Forces of the Philippines Intelligence Operatives, and Bantay Dagat Roxas.

This led to the arrest of Rey Cuyos, Rodolfo Rabesa, Julius Molejoa, and Erwin Miagao. They were brought to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for inquest proceedings and filing of appropriate cases for violating Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Giant clams play a major role in maintaining marine life. According to studies, they serve as nurseries or shelter for marine animals, as well as prevent excessive algal growth and contribute to the topographic relief of reefs.