Police seized some 900 million worth of giant clams following an entrapment that resulted in the arrest of a man in Bayawan City in Negros Oriental.
Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the seized 11,000 kilos of giant clams, locally known as taklobo, is worth P918 million if sold in the international market.
He identified the person arrested as Ricarido dela Cruz Jr. who was collared after selling some 1,000 kilograms of giant clams to a police poseur buyer in the amount of P5 million in Barangay Pagatban on February 12.
“This accomplishment ensures that the sustainable conservation and protection of fishery and aquatic resources law is being implemented by our local authorities”, said Sinas.
During the interrogation, dela Cruz tagged a certain Yan Hu Liang, alias Sunny, as the owner of the giant clams.
They are now facing charges for violating the Republic Act 8550 as amended by RA 10654, or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines in relation to Fisheries Administrative Order 208 “Conservation or rare, threatened and endangered fishery species”.
Aside from giant clams, also seized were .45 pistol.