HOW MUCH IS DENR SEC LITO ATIENZA MAKING OUT OF SMUGGLED CORALS?
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THE PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW FIVE (5) TONS OF ENDANGERED CORALS AND SEA SHELLS WAS SHIPPED OUT OF PHILIPPINE WATERS, THE ARGENTINE CUSTOMS MUST BE CONTACTED IMMEDIATELY TO SECURE THE DOCUMENTS THAT WILL IDENTIFY THE LOCATION AND PARTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CRIME.
INCIDENTS SUCH AS THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN SPECIALLY WHEN PUBLIC OFFICIALS LIKE DENR SEC. LITO ATIENZA WHO WAS APPOINTED BY A CORRUPT PRESIDENT IS A KNOWN INCOMPETENT LEADER BUT WHOSE POLITICAL EXPLOITS DURING HIS YEARS AS MANILA MAYOR HAS DEPLETED THE COFFERS OF THE CITY. THIS SUGGESTS THE POSSIBLE COLLUSION OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE PARTIES IN THIS ILLEGAL TRADE OF PROTECTED MARINE LIFE.
Argentines seize smuggled RP coral
BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine customs said Monday it had seized a valuable five-ton shipment of endangered and protected coral and seashells from the Philippines that was destined for the black market in tourist haven Mar del Plata.
The illegal shipment of some 1,500 pieces of coral and seashells was listed as manufactured goods when it arrived at the Buenos Aires port, customs officials said.
Most of the protected species are included in the 1975 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which ensures that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Argentine customs officials said they were considering donating the coral and shells to museums or environmental organizations for their preservation.
Mar del Plata, 400 kilometers southeast of Buenos Aires on the Atlantic coast, is one of Latin Americas top tourist destinations.
Recently, Filipino marine biologist Edgardo Gomez, professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, warned the coral off Luzons western coast had been hit by bleaching, which could kill them over time.
He said the bleaching could recur over the coming years because of global warming. Agence France-Presse; TJ Burgonio
Posted on Nov 6, 2007, 9:17 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52