Gov’t offers P100,000 reward for PH eagle Pamana’s killer

Pia Ranada
Gov’t offers P100,000 reward for PH eagle Pamana’s killer
Her killer faces up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to P1 million, on top of penalties for hunting in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected area
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine government will give P100,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Pamana, the Philippine eagle found dead in Mount Hamiguitan Range in Davao Oriental.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje made the announcement on Thursday, August 20, a day after Pamana’s death was reported by news outlets.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Pamana. Those responsible for this barbaric act must be arrested and punished for committing this environmental crime,” said Paje in statement.
Those with information can contact 0947-611-6083, the hotline for illegal forest activities in Mount Hamiguitan.
Under Philippine laws, it is illegal to kill a Philippine eagle, one of the rarest birds in the world and now close to extinction with only 400 pairs left in the wild.
The person or persons responsible for Pamana’s death face 6 to 12 years in prison, and a fine of P100,000 to P1 million.
This is on top of penalties for hunting in Mount Hamiguitan, a protected area declared by law. The crime is punishable by 6 years in prison and a fine of up to P500,000.

WHO KILLED PAMANA? Philippine eagle Pamana's carcass is found near a creek in Mount Hamiguitan on August 16, 2015. Photo by Philippine Eagle Foundation

Paje said the DENR and the Davao Oriental provincial government are investigating Pamana’s death.

Marc Fragada, Regional Director of DENR Region 11 and head of the mountain’s Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), confirmed this to Rappler.

Based on findings so far, Pamana was killed by 3 air gun pellets, he said.

“We are currently having a meeting with all the forest guard personnel,” Fragada added.

His agency plans to coordinate with law enforcement agencies to regulate the use of airguns by locals.

On August 16, the Philippine Eagle Foundation and forest guards discovered the lifeless Pamana, a 3-year-old female eagle, in the buffer zone of Mount Hamiguitan on August 16.

She was released into the wild only on June 12, Independence Day, after years of recovering from human-inflicted injuries. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.