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Dried sea horse, pangolin, other species seized in Manila

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

An undetermined quantity of dried seahorse, pangolin and other marine species was confiscated by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila on Friday, January 13.

The Philippine Coast Guard seized at the anchorage area of Pier 4 in Manila North Harbor 14 boxes of sea horses and a carton of sea dragon. The contraband are believed to be for export to other Asian countries where these are believed to cure diseases and an aphrodisiac. (Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

The Philippine Coast Guard seized at the anchorage area of Pier 4 in Manila North Harbor 14 boxes of sea horses and a carton of sea dragon. The contraband are believed to be for export to other Asian countries where these are believed to cure diseases and an aphrodisiac.
(Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

The smuggled marine species were found inside the M/V St. Francis Xavier vessel while docked at Pier 4, North Harbor, Manila at around 3:00 a.m., PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said in a text message.

He said the vessel is owned and operated by 2GO Group and was plying the Iloilo/Bacolod–Manila route.

Upon docking at 2:56 a.m., the search team consisting of Coast Guard Station Manila, PCG K-9 unit, Sea Marshal Group and the Philippine Air Force Intelligence Unit boarded the vessel and located a 10-wheeler reportedly containing undocumented endangered species.

Initial inspection revealed that undetermined quantity of dried sea horses and sea dragons were loaded on the truck, which was originally declared as scrap plastics in the cargo manifest.

The team also discovered other cargoes onboard also suspected to contain other variety of endangered species, including 58 pieces of critically endangered pangolins.

The Philippine Coast Guard seized at the anchorage area of Pier 4 in Manila North Harbor 58 pieces of critically endangered pangolins. The contraband are believed to be for export to other Asian countries where these are believed to cure diseases and an aphrodisiac. (Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

The Philippine Coast Guard seized at the anchorage area of Pier 4 in Manila North Harbor 58 pieces of critically endangered pangolins. The contraband are believed to be for export to other Asian countries where these are believed to cure diseases and an aphrodisiac.
(Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources also arrived at Pier 4 to examine and identify the seized marine species.

Balilo said the Coast Guard is looking into the appropriate cases to be filed against the shipper.

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  • Duterte Trump Card

    Feeling bad for the pangolins… They look like harmless pets, to be honest…

  • Harper

    never heard of a pangolin? is that a philippine word? If they are endangered the entire ship and contents should be confiscated and the owner is responsible for the conduct of his people. Just looked it up… Something like ant eaters but look almost per-historic..