Birds Twenty-nine endangered “Sun Conure” birds were seized from a Filipino-Chinese couple in Manila. Photo courtesy of the NBI Public Information Office

Filipino-Chinese couple arrested for selling endangered birds in Manila

March 23, 2023 Hector Lawas 239 views

A FILIPINO-Chinese couple was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for selling exotic and endangered birds in an entrapment operation in Manila.

NBI-Environmental Crimes Division (NBI-EnCD) identified the suspects as Fe Anita Dulay Qua and Wilson Qua.

Acting on an intelligence report, the NBI-EnCD conducted surveillance and confirmed that Fe Anita was selling exotic birds, including 29 endangered “Sun Conure,” without necessary permits.

Verification with the DENR-NCR and Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) confirmed that the birds were categorized as endangered species.

An adult Sun Conure could cost up to US$500 (₱27,000).

The suspects were charged with violation of Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, in relation to Republic Act No. 10175 before the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office.