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Bukidnon farmer who shot and ate a Philippine eagle gets 6-year jail sentence
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Bryan Balaon, a 26-year-old farmer in Bukidnon, has been sentenced to six years in prison for killing, cooking and eating a Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi).
Published on: May 29, 2012 - 5:00am

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Bryan Balaon, a 26-year-old farmer in Bukidnon, has been sentenced to six years in prison for killing, cooking, and eating a Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). The eagle is classified as "critically endangered" with just "90 to 250 pairs left in the wild." The report noted that the eagle that Balaon had shot with an air gun and later cooked as tinola had been handed to wildlife officials in 2006 "after it was seized from a man who shot it and kept it as a caged pet."

 

The report further revealed that the eagle, who was given the name Kagsabua, was "fitted with a radio transmitter and was released back into the wild at Mount Kitanglad in March 2008." In July that same year, Balaon shot it. Aside from the jail sentence, Balaon was also fined ₱100,000.

 

According to the report, "Authorities are still tracking down Balaon, who earlier surrendered to authorities but was released after he denied that he committed the crime." The report did not explain how or when Balaon was able to flee.

 

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com.

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5 Comments
  • Pilipino
    Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Kapag eagle kahit ano ang itsura, bawal patayin.
    May 30 2012 @ 11:07am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    It's unfortunate. Farmer lives in eagle country (Bukidnon), and just like that, slaughtered, feasted, on the grandest eagle on the planet (when fully grown)?! Won't go for that murderer's alibi. PENALTY'S TOO LIGHT.
    May 30 2012 @ 10:33am     Reply  
  • Porsche Cart
    He should have used good faith as his defense!
    May 30 2012 @ 12:26am     Reply  
  • but but
    but... he didnt know!
    May 29 2012 @ 03:43pm     Reply  
  • Porsche Cart
    One day isang araw, i saw ako'y nakakita, one bird isang ibon i shot binaril ko.....lol
    May 29 2012 @ 08:23am     Reply  
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