Cops save 2 Philippine Serpent Eagles in Isabela
CAMP MARCELO A ADDURU, TUGUEGARAO CITY — General Criz Nieves, police director for Region 2, reported yesterday that two critically-endangered Philippine Serpent Eagles were rescued and saved by the Isabela Police Provincial Office (PPO), and have been turned over safely to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Ilagan Santuary, Sta Victoria, Ilagan City, Isabela.
Nieves said the timely rescue of the two eagles was initiated by Police Colonel James Cipriano, Provincial Director of Isabela PPO, together with Police Major Joel Dulin, chief of Provincial Community Affairs Unit; Police Lieutenant Colonel Eugenio Malillin, chief of Provincial Intelligence Unit; and Junee Amor Mejares of CENRO Naguilian.
After their rescue, the eagles were nursed and fed by the police for a few days, with the help of Pablo Cabaccan of Kaligkasan Advocacy Group, before these were turned over to Ilagan City CENRO, pointed out Nieves.
Nieves said the rescue of the two Philippine Eagles came after a concerned citizen tipped off the Isabela PPO about the status of the two Philippine Serpent Eagles that were already weak after they were caught along the Benito Soliven, Isabela mountain.
The Philippine Eagle is an endangered species and the government has banned its capture.