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Seized Corals Point to Punta Engaño Officials


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Carmel Loise Matus and Candeze R. Mongaya

Source: Inquirer Global Nation

March 10, 2011

 

Cebu, Philippines - "Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia said a charge of dereliction of duty would be filed against Punta Engaño barangay officials for failing to detect illegally harvested corals found in their area.

 

Garcia said the confiscated corals, which weighed more than a ton, included "endangered" species.

 

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The corals were brought to the Cebu Provincial Capitol and are now kept in the parking lot.

 

the confiscated corals weighed more than 1.4 tons.

 

BFAR said that at least three species from the batch were among those identified as “endangered.”

 

Blue corals, he said, also produce a syrup that is used as an ingredient in making “bubble tea,” a drink that is popular in South East Asian countries.

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