A senior citizen is now facing serious charges after she was caught by the authorities possessing millions of pesos worth of rare ‘Taclobo’ or Giant Clams.
In a statement, the Philippine Navy said that they successfully caught the 76-year-old businesswoman identified as Natividad Ruiz who’s also being called ‘Nati’ by the residents of Tabogon, Cebu.
They also showed that the clam they recovered may cost P360,000,000 if she successfully sold it to the black market.
According to them, Ruiz for not following of Sec 102 (Paragraph B) of RA 10654 (Prohibition on fishing or taking of rare, or endangered species.
The authorities pretended to be a buyer of Taclobo and caught Ruiz when she accepted the marked money worth P100,000.
“The successful conduct of this joint and inter-agency operation depicts the government’s determination together with other law enforcement agencies and local government units in eradicating the illegal trading/selling of endangered marine species which is vital in maintaining and restoring the health of the coral reefs ecosystem as well as the preservation of the marine life in general.” the Philippine Navy said.
However, some netizens were not happy with the actions of the authorities, saying that they should prioritize catching the foreign nationals illegally catching Taklobo along Philippine waters.
“Kung seryoso talaga kayo na hulihin ang mga nagbrbenta ng giant clam ay dun kayo pumunta sa spratlys at Scarborough shoal dahil inuubos na ng mga intsik ang taklobo dun.” netizen Maria Nagutac commented.
“Bawal talaga yan, sa mga pilipino, dahil yan ang kinukuha ng mga chinese, kung hindi ipagbawal yan sa pinoy, ano pa ang kukunin ng mga chinese… Dapat talagang durogin ng gobyerno ng pilipinas ang mga pinoy na nangunguha ng higanting taclobo, mahiya naman sila sa mga Chinese,” said netizen Toto Ed.