Manila gov’t orders temporary shutdown of stalls selling endangered myna bird

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) - The Manila Market Administration Office has ordered the temporary closure of two stalls at Arranque Market for selling a myna bird, which is considered endangered.

Arranque Market Supervisor Ruth Almodovar said a store helper sold the bird for P10,500.

Almodovar said two police officers saw the buyer returning the bird because it seemed weak.

She added that the cops followed the buyer and asked where the bird was originally brought.

The cops immediately coordinated with the office of Almodovar to conduct an entrapment operation against Salaguste.

The suspect seemed to have escaped the cops at first since he was nowhere to be found in the two stalls owned by a certain Mayet De Jesus that were ordered closed.

He later surrendered to authorities and will face charges for violating Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The myna bird was turned over to the Manila Public Recreation Bureau.

There was no immediate comment from the stall owner or the helper.