ENDANGERED – A veterinarian administers medicine on ‘Matatag,’ the Philippine Eagle which was shot in the wild last Sunday.
Photo: Philippine Eagle Foundation

Philippines: Brothers surrender after shooting ‘Matatag’
By Jonathan A. Santes, 24th February 2016;

Two brothers were jailed for shooting an endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) named “Matatag” last Sunday in Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City.

Police identified them as Tiburcio, 24, and Rolando Aparesio 18, both residents of Sitio Mangas of the same district.

The two voluntarily surrendered to Bagiuo Police Station last Monday after a witness pinpointed them as the ones who shot and wounded Matatag, a captive Eagle that was released to the wild by the Philippine Eagle Foundation sometime January 2015.

Police report gathered by Manila Bulletin said Tiburcio immediately brought the wounded Eagle to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Malagos, Calinan where it is now being cared for.

Baguio Police Station commander Leonardo Pamplona said Tiburcio mistook Matatag as the one preying on their farm chickens, and when he saw the Eagle in their vicinity, he shot it using a .22-caliber rifle and hit the Eagle’s wing.

The Philippine Eagle has a wing span of up to two meters and is also known as one of the three largest and most powerful Eagles in the world.

The bird was declared as protected in the Philippines under Republic act 6147 promulgated by the Philippine government in 1970.

It carries a penalty of imprisonment up to 12 years and a fine amounting to P1million.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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