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AFP unloads pangolin carcasses from Chinese vessel

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City (April 28) – Elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Command and Naval Forces West have removed and transported to Puerto Princesa City the 400 boxes, each containing five to six pangolins, or scaly anteaters, from the cargo hold of F/N Min Long Yu, whose crew were charged with poaching and other violations.

A two-day hauling off of the pangolin carcasses were made by soldiers from Team Wescom and NFW using two M35 trucks to the designated burial site in a government-owned land in Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City.

 Starting on 9am of April 27, the hauling was completed at 2pm the next day. To contain the stench of the skinned anteaters, each box was individually wrapped in black plastic bags during their 30-minute ride from the Puerto Princesa port, where the Chinese boat was docked.

 

 The rotting anteaters would be buried in a hole measuring 10 meters x 6 meters x 4 meters at a land owned by the Department of Agriculture.

 The 48-meter steel-hulled F/N Ming Long Yu ran aground on Tubbataha Reef on April 8. It was removed from the reef by motor tugboat M/T Limay owned by the Malayan Towage and Salvage Corp. on April 19.

 12 Chinese led by their 46-year-old captain Liu Chang Jie were arrested. The vessel’s port of origin was Fujian City. It reportedly came from Malaysia and was returning to China when it ran aground at the atoll.

 Anteaters are known delicacies in China.

 The Tubbataha Management Office hired the services of MJJ and Albayda Health and Sanitary Services to decontaminate the rotting anteaters.

 

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