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Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

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Surrounded by sculptures carved from the white tusks of African elephants — which are being slaughtered in their tens of thousands — Beijing saleswoman Chen Yu says the ivory trade is thriving.

Posted: February 28th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t probe covers all ivory collectors, not just priest

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ELEPHANT tusks from Tanzania were found inside two container in this photo taken in Manila on May 20, 2009. INQUIRER FILEPHOTO

Collectors and traders of newly acquired ivory pieces watch out.

Posted: September 28th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

NBI launches manhunt for ex-park official tagged in stealing elephant tusks

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The National Bureau of Investigation has launched a manhunt for a former superintendent of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center suspected of stealing close to 200 elephant tusks that the Bureau of Customs seized in 2009 and turned over to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ivory smuggling hard to stop, says Biazon

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Ruffy Biazon, Customs, Fake Chinese Beer

Elephant tusks can be smuggled into the country by boat through Mindanao, that’s why it’s better for authorities to go straight to the buyers to catch the illegal traders, Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon said Wednesday.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Archbishop Palma: NatGeo article biased

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IVORY CHILD One of the prized pieces in the Belen collection of Msgr. Cris Garcia at the Collegium Societatis Angeli Pacis Immaculate Heart of Mary Refuge in Cansojong, Talisay City. Photo taken on Dec. 20, 2008. LITO TECSON/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has ordered an inventory of all ivory pieces owned by Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, whom National Geographic linked to the illegal ivory trade, to determine if these were acquired before 1981, the year the Philippines became a signatory to an international ban on ivory trade.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Vatican sacked Cebu priest months ahead of ivory scandal, says church exec

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ARCHBISHOP MEETS THE PRESS Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (left) answers questions from reporters on Wednesday on Msgr. Cristobal Garcia’s collection of ivory religious icons and his whereabouts. JUNJIE MENDOZA/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Msgr. Cristobal Garcia has been suspended and stripped of all his positions in the Archdiocese of Cebu on orders of the Vatican while the Holy See investigates the child abuse case that stemmed from accusations that he molested altar boys more than 20 years ago.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Banner Story,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tayuman store selling statue with ivory parts for P230,000

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ELEPHANT tusks from Tanzania were found inside two container in this photo taken in Manila on May 20, 2009. INQUIRER FILEPHOTO

While most of the staff of religious stores in Sta. Cruz, Manila, claim that they do not offer statues with ivory parts because it is illegal, a couple of stores still sell these images with a price tag of P40,320 and another at around P230,000, the Philippine Daily Inquirer learned Tuesday.

Posted: September 26th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Msgr. Garcia proud of ‘matchless’ collection of religious icons

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Msgr. Cristobal Garcia has always been proud of his collection of religious icons and paintings.

Posted: September 26th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Bishop Cruz calls for stop to ivory use

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Archbishop Oscar Cruz INQUIRER file photo

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz called on the public to refrain from using ivory tusks for religious images.

Posted: September 26th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Laguna prelate defends priest tagged in ivory smuggling

MSGR. CRISTOBAL Garcia shows a miniature Sto. Niño made of ivory that is kept in a box in Collegium Societatis Angeli Pacis Immaculate Heart of Mary Refuge in Cansojong, Talisay City, in this photo taken on Sept. 24. LITO TECSON/CEBU DAILY NEWS

A Catholic prelate came to the defense of Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, who was caught in a controversy involving ivory smuggling in the Philippines.

Posted: September 26th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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