The Philippine Coast Guard together with other law enforcements seized 200 tons of fossilized giant clam shells, locally known as “taklobo,” at Sitio Green Island in Palawan. The shells approximately cost P1.2 billion. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Apr 17 (Mabuhay) –Authorities have arrested four suspects in the illegal trade of 200 tons of fossilized giant clam shells or “taklobo” worth P1.2 billion in Roxas, Palawan.

Joint forces of the Coast Guard Intelligence Group Palawan, Coast Guard District Palawan, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), the Philippine National Police – Maritime Group Palawan, Armed Forces of the Philippines – Intelligence Operatives, and Bantay Dagat Roxas on Friday conducted the operation at Sitio Green Island, Barangay Tumarbong.

In a statement, Philippine Coast Guard District Palawan Commander Commodore Genito Basilio said the incident is considered the biggest giant clam shell haul in Palawan to date.

The suspects were identified as Rey Cuyos, 54, Rodolfo Rabesa, 48, Julius Molejoa, 47, and Erwin Miagao, 40, who were arrested for violating Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The suspects were brought to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) for inquest proceedings and filing of appropriate cases.  (MNS)

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