300 tons of giant clams seized in Surigao City

Published September 26, 2019, 4:24 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Mike Crismundo

CAMP COL. RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – Government authorities seized 300 tons of fossilized giant clams, locally known as taklobo, in Surigao City Wednesday.

 Shown in photo are the found fossilized giant clams in Sitio Panubigon, Barangay Lipata, Surigao City on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 25). (Photo courtesy of PRO 13-RPIO/MANILA BULLETIN)
Shown in photo are the found fossilized giant clams in Sitio Panubigon, Barangay Lipata, Surigao City on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 25). (Photo courtesy of PRO 13-RPIO/MANILA BULLETIN)

In a report received by the regional command and tactical operation center of the Caraga police on Thursday here from the Surigao City police station stated that the clams were found after an informant pinpointed their exact location in Sitio Panubigon, Barangay Lipata, Surigao.

The clams were certified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources as “authentic endangered species.”

They were brought to Surigao police headquarters for safekeeping and documentation.

The individuals and drivers of trucks believed to have been used in transporting the giant clams are under investigation in Surigao City.

 
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