- A P50,000 cash reward was offered to find the killer of a sea turtle in Moalboal, Cebu
- The turtle was found dead with a wound in the neck caused by a spear gun
- Green sea turtles are listed as critically endangered under the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Mayor Inocentes Cabaron of Moalboal town in Cebu dangled a P50,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a person or persons involved in the killing of an endangered green sea turtle.
“We are offering P50,000 to any person who could give information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved,” Mayor Cabaron said in a text message to reporters.
It was the second time where a green sea turtle was intentionally killed in his town, according to the mayor. The first one, he said, happened in 2006 wherein a turtle’s head was smashed with a bottle.
“Our constituents were outraged. And we felt the same. This is why we are offering a P50,000 cash reward because killing the green sea turtle is a blow to our tourism industry,” he stated.
According to Sun Star, the dead turtle was found by a certain Kalle Epp in a coral reef in Sitio Tongo, Barangay Basdiot earlier this week. A wound caused by a spear gun was found in the turtle’s neck.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas said green sea turtles or pawikan are considered critically endangered under the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
An officer of DENR-Central Visayas public information office said they tasked the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape to investigate the killing of the turtle.