Stars, advocates demand #JusticeforPamana
MANILA, Philippines – "I want justice for Pamana."
Actress Anne Curtis is the latest personality to join in the growing online call demanding justice for Pamana (Heritage), the Philippine eagle recently shot to death in Mount Hamiguitan Range, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Davao Oriental.
In a video message posted by TV host and wildlife advocate Kim Atienza on his Intagram account, Curtis said she was saddened by the killing of the country's national bird that was "full of beauty and strength."
Atienza also posted the video message of singer Karyll Tatlonghari-Yuzon, who called on netizens to act for the sake of nature and the next generation:
Atienza earlier posted on Instagram a photo of himself holding a placard with the hashtag #JusticeforPamana, challenging friends and relatives to do the same.
Netizens change Facebook photos
Meanwhile, prominent disaster responder Ted Esguerra pledged in a Facebook comment he would give P50,000 to anyone who can identify the person who shot the Philippine eagle.
A devastated Esguerra recalled that when the first Filipino reached the peak of the highest mountain in the world, he announced: "The Philippine Eagle has landed at the summit of Mt Everest."
"We marched with the idea of lifting up the image of the Filipino to the world and we used the pithecophaga jefferyi as our regal, noble, elegant, brave image to symbolize our people," Esguerra said.
Esguerra joined hundreds of Facebook and Twitter users who changed their profile pictures to Pamana's photo on Friday, August 21.
Rappler and its civic engagement arm MovePH also joined the call:
Rappler's profile picture change generated nearly 15,000 likes and has been shared by more than a thousand other users as of 11 pm, Friday.
The online campaign was initiated by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), which released Pamana into the wild on June 12, 2015 to mark Philippine Independence Day.
PEF also launched a crowdfunding effort to identify and prosecute the person behind the killing and to protect the remaining 400 pairs of the Philippine eagle left in the wild.
The government offered a P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot the Philippine eagle.
Any relevant information can be reported to the hotline for illegal forest activities in Mount Hamiguitan: 0947-611-6083.
It is illegal to kill a Philippine eagle, the country's national bird and the only blue-eyed bird of prey known to man. Its population is being endangered by habitat loss and degradation caused by deforestation and poaching. – Rappler.com