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10 People Arrested For Selling Clam Pearls

10 People Arrested For Selling Clam Pearls

| On 15, Mar 2017

10 people were presented to the media by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who were caught selling giant clam pearls.

The following were caught selling giant clam pearls or locally known as Taklobo in T.M. Kalaw Street Ermita, Manila:

  • Jonathan Aceres
  • Victor Aceres
  • Gerardo Cerezo
  • Manuel Tempra
  • Norberto Enverzo
  • Jesusalora Oliva alyas Nora
  • Vincent Tangga­ra-alyas Roy
  • Dixie Marie Madridano
  • Natranillo Lariosa
  • Nonito Grandia

The personalities will be facing charges in violation of Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 that was amended as Republic Act (RA) 10654.

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Atty. Eric Niqui, the chief of NBI Environment Crimes Division, said the agency received an intelligence report as early as December 19, 2016, saying a group is selling the said giant clam pearls.

The suspects denied that they are the mastermind of the crime. They noted that they were just doing their jobs when they were arrested.

The NBI will turn over the confiscated giant pearls to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The said pearls are estimated to cost P10 million.

Giant clam pearls are endangered species.

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