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A variety of exotic birds—some thought to be threatened or in danger of extinction—are thought to be housed in the aviary of a controversial farm estate in Batangas linked to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Many of the birds are not native to the Philippines, GMA News' Ruth Cabal reported on GMA News TV's "News to Go" on Tuesday.
Among the kinds of reportedly found in the estate were Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Luzon Bleeding Heart, Indian Peafowl, mallard, Alexandrine Parakeet and silver pheasant.
Citing a certificate of wildlife registration dated Dec. 7, 2004, the report said the birds in the farm in Barangay Maligaya in Rosario town are part of the personal collection of the vice president's daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay.
While trader Antonio Tiu now claims to have bought the estate, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is questioning where the birds are, and why they are still in Rep. Binay's name.
It said that if they are included in the sale, they should have been registered to the new owner. If they are not registered, they are subject to confiscation.
The DENR plans to send Rep. Binay a warning letter on the matter, even as Rep. Binay has not responded to requests for comment. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News