Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

The Palawan Wildlife Res­cue and Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter (PWRCC) con­firmed that their of­fice is al­most 100% sure that the salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile (Crocody­lus poro­sus) named “Singko” is the one who re­cently at­tacked a fish­er­man in Barangay Pobla­cion V, Balabac, Palawan.

In a press con­fer­ence held at the of­fice of the Palawan Coun­cil for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in Puerto Princesa City, PWRCC Spokesper­son Sal­vador Guion said that the mark­ing points (re­fer­ring to its height and weight), and the ter­ri­to­rial dis­tance were ex­am­ined in or­der to con­firm if “Singko” was the one who at­tacked the fish­er­man. “Mataas po ang porsyento na sya ang umatake. Sabi po namin dun sa ver­bal con­ver­sa­tion namin na siya na nga. Af­ter namin ma-se­cure, pumunta kami sa LGU (Lo­cal Govern­ment Unit), hiningi namin ang re­ac­tion ng fam­ily kasi nakikita na sya [croc­o­dile] ng fam­ily be­fore [fam­ily of the vic­tim]. Meron po si­lang bin­a­bang­git na mark­ing point sa parte ng croc­o­dile at sin­abi na ito na nga ang croc­o­dile na umatake sa ak­ing ka­p­atid.

So, 5% yun. Id­i­nagdag namin sa porsyento sa 95% namin and based sa ob­ser­va­tion, 100% na siya ang umatake,” Guion said. On the other hand, Ronie Gan­deza, direc­tor of PWRCC, added the croc­o­dile will no longer un­dergo a “gas­tric lavage” be­cause it was

de­ter­mined al­ready that the rep­tile is suf­fer­ing from a great stress from its ex­trac­tion and trans­port to PWRCC that may cause his death.

This was also the rec­om­men­da­tion given by the ex­perts of their Cen­ter. “Gas­tric Lavage” is a process of clean­ing out the stom­ach or gas­tric ir­ri­gation. This is nor­mally done so the croc­o­dile will vomit the re­main­ing undi­gested par­ti­cles in its stom­ach. “Sa kanyang as­sess­ment ay very stress­ful na ito. So, sabi niya, ke­lan­gan namin na mabitawan na agad kasi baka yun pa ang mag­ing cause ng death nya. Di na ad­vis­able sa ta­gal ng pag-trans­port, sa ta­gal ng inan­tay,” said Gan­deza.

More­over, Palawan Coun­cil for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment (PCSD) spokesper­son Jovic Fa­bello said the salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile (Crocody­lus poro­sus) weighs an es­ti­mated

500 ki­los and mea­sures 15.6 feet. Per­son­nel from the PWRCC ex­tracted the said croc­o­dile in Barangay Malak­ing Ilog Satur­day af­ter­noon, De­cem­ber 1, 2018. Croc­o­dile “Singko” is be­lieved to have killed the 23-year-old Balabac fish­er­man Cor­ne­lio Bonete. His de­com­pos­ing body was found on the shore of Si­tio Bual, Barangay Malak­ing Ilog in the said town last Novem­ber 28. The vic­tim’s right arm and left foot were miss­ing. “Singko” was trans­ferred to PWRCC en­closed shel­ter.

The al­leged salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile that at­tacked and killed a fish­er­man in Balabac was be­ing se­cured to be trans­fer to the Palawan Croc­o­dile Farm by the joint team from the PNP 2nd Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Unit-Mar­itime Group, Philip­pine Navy, Balabac lo­cal govern­ment unit, Balabac mu­nic­i­pal po­lice sta­tion, Coast Guard Sub­sta­tion Balabac/Coast Guard Dis­trict Palawan, and Palawan Wildl­life Refuge and Res­cue Cen­ter. (Photo cour­tesy of CGSS Balabac/PCG)

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