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× PH losing P50B a year to illegal wildlife trade

(First of three parts)

MANILA, Philippines --- When, early this year, the tip came that certain animals were to be smuggled into the country through southern Mindanao, Rogelio Demelletes Jr. was ready.

A wildlife law enforcer with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Demelletes immediately flew to Davao Oriental province, more than 1,500 kilometers south of Manila, to get…