DENR-12 takes legal action against vloggers for tarsier mistreatment

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has announced the filing of criminal charges against two vloggers who garnered widespread attention on social media for their alleged mistreatment of tarsiers in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

In response to the incident, which triggered criticism and concern for the welfare of the endangered species, DENR-12 initiated legal proceedings against vlogger Ryan Parreño and his companion for their actions captured in a viral video.

"For the information of the public…we filed a criminal case against Ryan Parreño and Sammy Estrebilla for violation of Section 27, paragraphs (f), and (h) of RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act of 2001 in relation to Section 20, paragraphs (a), and (b) of RA 7586, as amended by RA 11038 known as the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018," stated DENR-Soccsksargen chief Felix Alicer in an official statement released on the department's Facebook page.

"Our evaluation disclosed that a crime has been committed under the stated provisions of RA 9147. The filing of the case against the violators is an action taken so that citizens would not imitate the disturbing same acts," Alicer added.

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