Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III denies issuing order to kill crocodiles


24 Oras video: Dy’s alleged order to "kill all crocodiles in Isabela" gets violent  reactions

Contrary to allegations made against him, Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III told GMANews.tv that he did not and will never issue an order allowing province residents to kill endangered crocodiles.

Dy said Isabela Vice Governor Rodolfo Albano III was misinterpreted when he jokingly permitted the town residents of Divilacan to kill the crocodiles. Dy told GMANews.tv, "The people here were in low spirits due to the typhoon so the vice governor merely joked around."

The Mabuwaya Foundation, with help from Dutch environmentalists, is determining whether or not crocodiles escaped from the Dicatian Lake in Divilacan during the onslaught of the super typhoon. Still, Dy told GMANews.tv he didn’t think crocodiles escaped from the area because there "wasn’t much" flooding.

The endangered crocodiles were let loose in the Dicatian Lake a year ago for breeding purposes, the Mabuwaya Foundation told 24 Oras.

It was reported earlier that a crocodile allegedly bit an unidentified man in the province. Dy doubts this, he told GMANews.tv, because the man should have been brought to the hospital if it were true. "We were told he was treated at home."

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