After the controversial killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a dentist named Walter Palmer that called the attention of environmentalist in the globe, another contentious slaying of Pamana, a endangered Philippine Eagle, was found dead after Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) released her into the wild.
The carcass of Pamana was found in Mt. Hamiguitan, Davao Oriental last August 16, Sunday.
The officials of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) confirmed that they found metal fragments in the cadaver of Pamana. They believed that Pamana was shot by an airgun.
From this incident, Filipinos should have an increased awareness of the endangered species especially this species who are only found in the Philippines. DENR admits that is challenging for them to conserve endangered species, because of its high demand in the market.
Mundita Lim, director of the DENR- Biodiversity Management Bureau said, “We have large tracks of forest areas that we need to protect. The DENR does not have enough police power to do that by itself.”
Pamana’s killer will be jailed for 12 years, and will be fined of up to P1 million for violating the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001. DENR is willing to pay a reward of P100, 000 to whoever can give information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Pamana’s death.