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Xavier Ateneo survey reveals top bets of Kagay-anon voters, major issues in city

April 29, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Results of an independent poll survey conducted by Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan’s Kinaadman: University Research Office (KURO) showed incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in a clear lead over Pompee La Vina of Padayon Pilipino.     The survey was conducted among 800 registered voters in the city from April 4 to 11, a week . after the start of the campaign period for the local elections.     Moreno has a voter preference of 61.5%, and a statistical ranking of first place. Behind in second place is La Vina with a voter preference of 16.0%. Independent candidates Felix Frias Borres stood at 0.6 %, while Ben Contreras Tiu at 0.3%. Undecided voters accounted for 21.4%, while 0.2% had no response. The margin of error was at ±3.4 percentage points with 95% confidence level.     Moreno is the favored candidate in both districts of CDO with 65.3% of voter preference in District 1 and 58.1% in District 2. La Vina got the second highest number of voter preference in District 1 with 13.2% and 18.5% in District 2. Borres and Tiu got less than 1% support of the registered voters each in both districts. The undecided voters were at 20.4% in District 1 and 22.3% in District 2.     Voters’ preference for vice mayor puts Moreno’s running mate Kikang Uy (PDP-Laban) on top with 55.0%, followed by former mayor Vicente Emano (Padayon Pilipino) with 23.6%. Undecided voters accounted for 21.3%, while 0.1% had no response. The margin of error was at ±3.4 percentage points with 95% confidence level.     According to districts, Uy has the support of 60.3% of registered voters in District 1 and 50.2% in District 2, while Emano had the nod of 18.5% of District 1 voters and 28.2% in District 2. The numbers of undecided voters were at 21.2% and 21.3% in the two districts, respectively. Dominance in the city council     From District 1, PDP-Laban candidates stood out in the race for the 8 (per district) of the 16 seats in the city council. Of the 13 contenders with a statistical chance of winning, 8 are from the ruling party while four are from Padayon Pilipino and one from Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).     Ranked from 1st -to-7th  were (in alphabetical order based on surname) Roger Abaday (PDP- Laban), Romeo Calizo (PDP-Laban), Dok Boboy Daba (PDP-Laban), Inday Dahino (PDP- Laban), George Goking (PDP-Laban), Zaldy Ocon (PDP-Laban), and Jay Pascual (PDP- Laban).     In the 8th-to-13th spots were (in alphabetical order based on last name) Jose Pepe Abbu (Padayon Pilipino), Ronald Acenas (Padayon Pilipino), Alden Bacal (Padayon Pilipino), Jundabs Yamut Daba (PDP-Laban), Manny Darimbang (PFP), and Lordan Suan (Padayon Pilipino).     The margin of error was at ± 4.9 percentage points with 95% confidence level.     Voters in the 2nd District also preferred PDP-Laban bets in the city council. Of the 13 candidates with a statistical chance of winning, seven are running under PDP-Laban, while four are from Padayon Pilipino and two are from Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP).     In rank 1-7 were (in alphabetical order based on surname) Jun Acenas (Padayon Pilipino), . Edgar Cabanlas (PDP-Laban), Malou Gaane (PDP-Laban), Bong Lao (PDP-Laban), Ian Mark Nacaya (PDP-Laban), Eric Salcedo (PDP-Laban), and Ramon Tabor (Padayon Pilipino).     In the 8th-to-13th spots were (in alphabetical order based on last name) Girlie Balaba (PDP- Laban), Suzette Daba (PDP-Laban), Alexander Dacer (Padayon Pilipino), Leon Gan Jr (Padayon Pilipino), James Judith II (CDP), and Bebot Rodriguez (CDP).     The margin of error was at ± 4.7 percentage points with 95% confidence level.     A total of 49 candidates (26 from the First District and 23 from the Second District) are gunning for 16 coveted spots in the city council. Voters’ preference for congressional representatives     In District 1, incumbent Rolando Uy (PDP-Laban) dominates the congressional race with a voter preference of 66.1%, followed by Caesar Ian Acenas (Padayon Pilipino) with 16.4% and Gil Banaag (PFP) with 1.9%. Undecided voters were at 15.6%. The margin of error was at ± 4.7 percentage points with 95% confidence level.     In District 2, Rufus Rodriguez (CDP) has the support of 59.2% of the registered voters. Trailing behind Rodriguez were Lim Alam (PDP-Laban) with 19.4% and Roger Villazorda (PFP) with 0.9%. Only 15.9% of the voters were undecided, while 3.1% had no response as to their preference for a congressman. The margin of error was at ± 4.7 percentage points with 95% confidence level. Top problems in Cagayan de Oro     Xavier Ateneo’s KURO survey also asked respondents to identify major barangay-level issues in Cagayan de Oro City.     For Peace and Order, the top concerns identified were (1) illegal drugs, (2) illegal parking of trucks and other vehicles, (3) traffic jam, and (4) theft and robbery.     Respondents named canals and drainage as the top issues in Basic Services, followed by lack of water supply, then roads.     The top three Environmental Concerns were (1) garbage disposal or waste management, followed by (2) sanitation and (3) cleanliness of seashores, rivers, and/or creeks.     Employment and livelihood or income-generating projects surfaced as the top Economic Issues.     Meanwhile, (1) corruption at the city level, (2) implementation of barangay ordinances, and (3) corruption at the barangay level came out as the primary issues under the Local Governance category.     The XU-KURO survey used a systematic random sampling in the selection of households. The sample size of 800 was allocated proportionately to Districts 1 and 2.     As in all past poll surveys by KURO, this research was fully funded by Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan.     A second survey will be conducted by KURO closer to the election date, with an expected release date on the first week of May.     For any clarifications or questions, please contact Kinaadman: University Research Office (KURO) at Xavier Ateneo Main Campus. Xavier Ateneo as non-partisan     In an April 1 memo to the academic community, Xavier Ateneo president Fr Roberto C Yap SJ iterated, “[The university] participates in a non-partisan way in electoral processes to contribute to the strengthening of democratic and patriotic values as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution.”     Xavier Ateneo aligns with the advocacy for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections, and enjoins everyone in the community to practice the Ignatian value of discernment in choosing candidates running for elective posts in government.     The XU Social Development’s Student Involvement and Advocacy Program (SSIAP) is also facilitating the following activities to promote CHAMP principles and values:     1.    Kwentuhang Bayan Series - voters’ education sessions to be conducted in various sectors in the city and in some parts of Northern Mindanao, in collaboration with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan;     2.    PAG-ILA: Candidates’ Profiling - in partnership with the City and Provincial COMELEC offices;     3.    Electoral forums for local and national candidates; and     4.    Election monitoring before, during, and after elections in collaboration with NAMFREL and PPCRV.     Yap added: “Xavier Ateneo will maintain its non-partisan stand to facilitate objective and critical thinking and engagement for the academic community. We will actively support electoral programs and activities primarily as convener of the multisectoral LIHUK 2019 movement.”

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Cooperate in Localized Peace Talks to help usher development in countryside

April 29, 2019

Agusan del Sur – Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said peace is necessary to spur development in the countryside as he appealed to communist rebels to return to the fold of the law.      Speaking at the campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) at the Agusan del Sur Cultural Center last week, Go thanked the officials of the province and the residents for their warm welcome.       He likewise appealed to the communist rebels to seriously consider the opening President Duterte has given for peace because no other President may give them the same chance.     “Huwag ninyong palampasin ang pagkakataon,” Go said.     He noted that while President Duterte announced last March 21, 2019 the official termination of talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philipines, Executive Order No. 70 the President signed last December directing the creation of a national task force to “end local communist armed conflict” remains.     Go said this means President Duterte did not entirely close the doors to local rebels to come down from the mountains, as he also cited the on-going government incentives to rebel-returnees such as the e-CLIP and PAMANA programs.     Likewise, the Philippine National Police announced last March that all police commanders, especially in Communist rebel-infested areas, were instructed to start their own initiatives in pursuing localized peace talks with NPA units operating in their respective areas.     Go, who had taken localized peace talks as one of the priority concerns under his legislative agenda, noted that the roots of rebellion in many places of the country stemmed from local issues and thus could be addressed locally.      “Bigyan natin ng sapat na poder at kakayahan ang ating mga LGU, pati na ng mga support mechanism, para maisagawa nila ng maayos ang hangarin na magkaroon ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa kanilang mga nasasakupan,” Go said.      “Sino ba namang Pilipino ang gustong makipagpatayan sa kapwa Pilipino,” he added.      Go said he is familiar with the sentiment of the communist rebels, having accompanied then Davao Mayor Duterte several times in the mountains, going into the lair of communist rebels, to facilitate the release of their hostages.      It could be recalled that last February, Go and the President’s son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, facilitated the release of the remaining eight hostages by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Agusan del Sur.      Unless the problem of rebellion is solved, Go said it would be very difficult for progress to take off in provinces such as Agusan Del Norte despite its generous share of development projects under the Duterte admnistration.     Among others, the government is awaiting proposals for the P50.46-million, 4.76-km communal irrigation system in Barangay Poblacion, Rosario, Agusan del Sur that with 23 units of canal structures to serve 264 hectares of rice area in Barangay Libuac, Poblacion and Tagbayan.     Upon completion, the project is expected to increase rice production from 3 metric tons to 4 metric tons per hectare for conventional rice farming and 3 metric tons to 3.6 metric tons per hectare for natural farming.     In addition the administration announced in November last year the Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth in various areas of the country, including the CARAGA region.     The P4.7-billion project was meant to assist enterprises, strengthen institution, technically assist financial service providers, and enhance project management for agriculture-based micro and small enterprises. It is expected to benefit some 78,000 households.     Go vowed that he would support the programs and projects of President Duterte, including development projects for the countryside and the three-pronged campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.     “Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte, kabilang na ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, kampanya sa corruption, at kampanya sa kriminalidad,” Go stressed.     Also an important item in the legislative agenda of Go is his advocacy to improve the delivery of health services in the country, particularly through the establishment of Malasakit Center.      A program of the Duterte administration based on Go’s idea, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for poor patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room representatives of concerned agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.     “Ito po ang gusto kong isabatas pagdating ng panahon,” said Go, noting such a law would enable the establishment of Malasakit Center in more provinces and key urban centers in the country and ensure as well the continuity of the program after the term of the Duterte administration.     Go assured his fellow Mindanaoans that if fortunate to win a seat in the Senate he would serve them the way he served for over 21 years President Duterte: with integrity and honesty.     “Asahan nyo po, patuloy ninyo akong magiging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte. Wala po kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” Go said.     Other priority concerns under Go’s legislative agenda include programs for agriculture, housing for the poor, education, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.

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CEB flies over 19M passengers for 2016

April 29, 2019

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), flew 19.1 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 4% from the 18.4 million passengers flown in 2015. On average, CEB flights were 86% full during the year.     Growth in passenger volume was largely driven by the airline’s low-cost short-haul services, and increased frequencies in key domestic markets. Specifically, the former recorded a 9.3% growth compared to 2015, while the latter reflected a 2.6% increase.     “Last December 27, 2016, the Cebu Pacific Air Group carried a total of 64,684 passengers—the highest number of travellers we have ever flown in one day. This surpasses our prior record of 62,947 passengers flown last January 3, 2016, translating to 1,737 additional passengers,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB Vice President for Corporate Affairs.     “This significant increase in number only shows our firm commitment in trafficking trade and tourism in all the destinations we operate in, while at the same time enabling everyJuan to connect with their families and friends all around the world,” added Mantaring.     CEB posted notable passenger growth in international destinations such as Beijing Shanghai and Xiamen in China, Taiwan (Taipei) and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. In the Philippines, domestic traffic increased in Cauayan, Siargao and Ozamiz.      CEB currently offers flights to a total of 37 domestic and 29 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. Its 58-strong fleet is comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and three ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2017 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of one more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 13 ATR 72-600 aircraft.     For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.     Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.

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Future Proofing with Innovation to Drive Global Competitiveness

April 27, 2019

The President of one of the country’s leading Mindanao based conglomerates believes nations, organizations and individual should future proof themselves to drive global competitiveness.     “The Philippines is at a crossroads.  We can prepare for the next 10, 20, 50 and 100 years for our children and children’s children by taking steps to be globally competitive or watch the world pass usby and overtake us until we are way behind,” said Ramon B. Segismundo     President and COO of Hijo Group of Companies in his keynote address during the Mindanao Beat HR Summit 2019 held last April 8 at Cagayan de Oro City.     “The answer lies in future proofing ourselves.   Changes are proceeding at warp speed and we need to respond in an agile way.  To future proof, we need to innovate, innovate and innovate.”     “It is by doing innovation at a national, organizational and personal level that can we really drive our country’s competitiveness,” Segismundo stressed. Innovation Nation     At the national level, Segismundo cited Israel, Singapore and Silicone Valley which became “hot spots” of innovation, as showcased in Gary Shapiro’s book “Ninja Innovation”.     “Israel spends over 4 per cent of its gross domestic product on research and development. As a result, Israel has produced five start ups worth more than $1 billiondue to Tel Aviv’s healthy start up ecosystem,” he noted.     “It earns high marks in entrepreneurial activity with 3.11 entrepreneurs for every 1,000 people.  Google acquired Israel-incubated Waze for $966 million.”     Singapore boasts one of the lowest corporate tax rates and a high new business entry rate of over eight per 1,000 people.      56 per cent of its workforce is highly skilled and half of all college students earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.  It has produced two unicorns (i.e., a privately held start-up valued at over $1 billion): transportation company Grab and e-commerce start up Lazada.     “I think we have an opportunity to create Metro Cagayan de Oro or Metro Davao as innovation hot spots.There is no standard definition of an innovation country or an innovation hotspot.  The Philippines will chart its own innovation journey and Metro CDO and Metro Davao will have their own paths as well,” Segismundo stressed.     To jump-start this process, Segismundo suggests the following from the US based Consumer Technology Association:     For  technology: invest in broadband, self-driving vehicles, short term rentals, ridesharing and drones.     For society: foster diversity, freedom, environmental awareness, resilience and human capital development.     And for the economy: invest in R & D, ignite entrepreneurial activity, drive Ease of Doing Business and support Filipino unicorns.     These would create a more inclusive society, reduce poverty and create a vibrant and a dynamic entrepreneurial middle class. Innovation Company     At the company level, Segismundo cites intrapreneurship as the key to the successful sustainability of an innovation company.     “You need not go out of your current organizations to be an entrepreneur- in fact, the word intrapreneur was coined.  Within your respective organizations, you can identify innovation projects that will either incrementally improve performance or achievesignificant breakthroughs or quantum leaps in organization performance,” he said.     Per  his personal experience as a corporate executive and employee, he adopted two philosophies to drive innovation in companies: Honor legacy and heritage by respecting the past; and Reinvent the future.     “Be willing to change the business model if you have to.   Be like a start up.  Be like a new entrepreneurial venture,” he stressed.     Citing Eric Ries in his book “Start Up Way”, there are two ways to spark “Start-Up Thinking”: “Think big.  Start small. Scale fast”. This could be done by having “innovation project teams”within your organizations and having current organic teams work on innovation projects in addition to its usual work.     “Thinking like a start up begins with talking to current and future customers.   This is where real customer centricity happens.  Oftentimes, we start with designing a technical product/service or solution.” Done is better than perfect     By looking out for customers’ needs that are now unserved or may be addressed at a superior level, design thinking can come up with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that could be an initial version of your product or service.  Then a version 2.0 after talking with customers then a version 3 and so forth with each version upgrade including a new round of inputs from customers. “Done is better than Perfect”.     This  Build-Learn-Measure method of continuous innovation fosters a mindset that is always  ready to learn from mistakes and pivot to another project or persevere.     The bottomline is that entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship is what will fuel innovation in organizations.  If you are an owner/founder of a start up or a corporate executive in a corporation or an officer in the public sector, doing more of the same or keeping the status quo may spell failure. Key Questions     Segismundo suggests some key questions to ask in the pursuit of an innovation company: identifying key personnel responsible for innovation and/or entrepreneurship in the company;communicating with current and future customers; constantly looking at ways to create new ideas tocreate value for current and future customers; looking out to sense developments in their respective your industries and IT applications globally; identifying in-house or outsourced capabilities to develop the next generation product, service or solution; and, allowing for failures as long as the firm is willing to learn from them moving forward. Innovation You     Most important, Segismundo cited the need to future proof individualsby doing their best to be innovative. He offered some 15 suggestions on how to be an innovator.     Innovate or die. Experiment. Take Risks.  Learn, relearn and unlearn.Be Inclusive. Network.     It’s ok to fail but fail fast. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. Travel.Read a book once a month.Fight for a cause.  Reinvent. Seize opportunities. Know what you are great at.      Be true to your values.     “In short, if we bring the Philippines, Metro CDO or Metro Davao closer to becomingan innovation nation/region, if we drive our organizations to become high performinginnovative companies, and if we all work hard to kindle the latent innovation in each of us, weare a step closer towards creating maximum value for our constituencies which theyrightfully deserve.”     Besides Hijo, Segismundo is also CEO of 1-HR.X Pte. Ltd. and President of the Meralco Power Academy.

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IDC Appoints Fortune Pacific Holdings to handle International Marketing & Promotions

April 26, 2019

Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC), the publicly listed green developer of Italian inspired designed mixed -use condominium recently inked an agreement appointing Fortune Pacific Holdings Limited to handle international sales, marketing and promotions.      Fortune Pacific is represented by Ms. Maria Aisa Ivyreene D. Oliva, a full pledge licensed broker and International Marketing Consultant, Laurence Ziller. Fortune Pacific is based in Hong Kong and has wide relevant experience in consulting, branding, marketing and selling international real estate projects and properties either residential, commercial or retail.       IDC is the developer of award- winning Primavera Residences and Primavera City which are both located at the Pueblo Business Park, Upper Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City. Primavera Residences was completed in 2015 and sold out. On the other hand, Primavera City which is a cluster of seven (7) mixed-use condominium will be developed in four (4) phases. To date, ninety (90) percent of Primavera City Phase 1 had been sold.      Another on-going project of IDC is the Miramonti Green Residences, a twenty one (21) storey mixed- use condominium located at the RFM Science Park, LISP III, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Construction of the project started last December, 2018 and scheduled for completion by 2020. Miramonti recently won the coveted International Property Awards for Asia and Pacific for Best Mixed-Use Development Category.  IDC will receive the award in May 14-15 at Bangkok, Thailand.  As of this writing, more than 51% residential units has been sold since IDC started pre-selling eight (8) months ago.       “With this remarkable performance, we are expediting to complete all licenses and permits of Primavera City Phase 2 so we can start soon to provide our buyers with the quality residential units they prefer. We have already fully paid the additional 2 lots from Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation and in the process of acquiring the two (2) lot titles. Thus, to complement and expand our sales reach, we have appointed Fortune Pacific to handle the international sales and marketing of our projects in Cagayan de Oro and Sto. Tomas, Batangas to reach Filipino Overseas and other foreign buyers” said Arch. Romolo Nati, Chairman and CEO of IDC.

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Cimatu: PH won’t tolerate illegal wildlife trade

April 26, 2019

The Philippines has once again demonstrated its strong and steadfast commitment to fighting illegal wildlife trade following two consecutive law enforcement operations that resulted in massive seizures of live wild animals and arrest of wildlife criminals.     Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made this remark after the Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade, or Task Force POGI, seized over P50-million worth of live exotic animals reportedly smuggled from Indonesia in an operation conducted on April 8 in Mati City, Davao Oriental.     Earlier this month, the Bureau of Customs also intercepted more than 700 live venomous tarantulas, with combined estimated value of P310,000, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The interception also led to the arrest of two suspects, one of them is the consignee of the shipment from Poland.     Cimatu said the government has not changed its stance on wildlife protection and will not ease its crackdown on illegal trafficking and trade of wildlife species.     “The Philippines is taking illegal wildlife trade seriously,” the former military chief said. “We want to send a clear signal that the country does not tolerate illegal wildlife crime, trafficking and trade that is driving endangered species to the brink of extinction.”     With a value of $23 billion annually, illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most lucrative global crime after illegal drugs, human trafficking and illicit arms trade.     The Philippines has been labeled as a consumer, source and transit point for illegal trade of wildlife and their by-products, threatening endemic species populations, economic development and biodiversity.     Cimatu said the government will not waver in its commitment to end illegal wildlife trade. “We are not going to stop. The fight against illegal wildlife trade is worth fighting,” he said.     In June 2013, the Philippines—through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—destroyed at least five tons of smuggled elephant tusks using a road roller, making the Philippines the first country in Asia to conduct physical destruction of massive ivory stockpile in support of global efforts to stamp out illegal wildlife trade.     Last April 8, Task Force POGI—a composite team of wildlife enforcers from various agencies including the Biodiversity Management Bureau, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police—conducted a raid in Barangay Dahican in Mati City where they confiscated 450 species of bird, mammals and reptiles, including the endangered black palm cockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus) and echidna, both of which are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix I and II respectively.     CITES is an international agreement between governments and aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival, and was conceived to regulate the trade of wildlife animals and plants across borders and safeguard certain species from over-exploitation.     Appendix II states a list of species that are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival, while the Appendix I contains a list of species threatened with extinction.     The confiscated exotic animals were reportedly in the area for safekeeping in a week before they are transported to and sold in different areas in the country. The task force arrested two persons who served as caretakers of the wild animals.     Both the suspects in the tarantula shipment and Indonesian wildlife have been charged for violating Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources and Protection Act, which defines and penalizes illegal wildlife trade.     Under the law, unlawful trading, possession and transport of wildlife species are punishable by a jail term of up to two years and a fine of not more than P200,000.

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