Four pieces of NAIA luggage was seized by customs earlier today.
Bureau of Customs (BOC) authorities discovered 1,532 live turtles
inside the said luggage upon inspection.
According to a DZMM report, it was a checked-in luggage from a Philippine Airline (PAL) flight that landed in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) . The flight origin was Hong Kong.
However, it was not immediately identified on who was the passenger who owned the confiscated NAIA luggage.
It was already abandoned by the unidentified passenger, as confirmed by Customs district collector Carmelita Talusan.
BOC are still coordinating with airline and airport officials to secure CCTV footage that will help in locating the owner of the luggage.
It is suspected that this is a case of wildlife trafficking. Turtles are considered as a regulated export. Permit from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is required prior to exportation . Usually turtles are farmed and harvested for food and medicinal purposes.
The turtles are said to have an estimated value of P4.5 million, with each worth P400 to P20,000. These were turned over to the environment department’s wildlife trafficking unit .