Brahminy kite, known as Lawin, Aranque Market in Manila

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus). Two in captiv...
Acting on a tip by a TV network, a joint operation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) and the Manila Police swooped down on Aranque Market in Manila last Thursday, April 12, resulting in the seizure of a Brahminy kite.
DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria said the joint DENR-PNP operation on Aranque market was based on information provided by ABC Channel 5.
He also said that aside from the seizure of the Brahminy kite, more popularly known as Lawin, two persons were also apprehended for illegal trading/possession of wildlife, in violation of Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
According to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, the Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) naturally an inhabitant of the country, is considered an endangered species. The acquisition, possession, transport, and trade of this species are subject to permit from the DENR, in accordance with the provisions of RA 9147.
The confiscated wildlife was immediately turned over to the DENR Wildlife Rescue Center of the PAWB, while the suspects were brought by the police for inquest to the Manila City Hall Public Assistance (CHAPA) office for the filing of appropriate case.