‘Beginning in 1997, professional training of a team of highly skilled park wardens from Galapagos began. By the end of the project, this team would become one of the best hunting and eradication teams worldwide.
‘The modern, high-tech hunting methods were first put into practice to eradicate the remaining pig population on Santiago and the few remaining goats on the small island of Pinta. Field trials on smaller islands helped to hone the team for the large-scale work on Isabela and resulted in the achievement of additional Galapagos conservation goals. Cutting-edge technology, including the use of helicopters for aerial hunting and GIS tracking, ensured swift and efficient removal of the feral goats. Data management became as critical for the hunters as marksmanship skills. Being naturally gregarious, sterilized Judas goats, fitted with radio collars and then released into the population, would seek out the remaining feral goats, allowing them to be located through radio telemetry and then removed…’
Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries in the Philippines (Part 2)
Due to persistent public demand, here is the sequel for one of our most popular lists, Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries in the Philippines (Part 1)
‘The backstory: The name Yamashita is almost synonymous to a single theme: treasure hunting. Such was its impact to gold hunters that for the last few decades after General Tomoyuki Yamashita’s death, the search for the legendary treasure has lingered on. According to legends, the aptly named “Yamashita’s gold” is a collective term for numerous war loots amassed by the Japanese forces from its different conquests across South East Asia.
‘General Yamashita’s original plan was to hide the treasure in the Philippines and then transfer it to Japan via war ships once the American forces take over. As we all know, Yamashita was captured, tried, and executed–forever locking the treasure inside the vault of secrecy…’
Dota banned by Dasmariñas, Cavite, village
‘A barangay (village) in Dasmariñas City has issued a resolution banning the multi-player online game Defense of the Ancients (Dota) in computer shops within its jurisdiction.
‘According to Resolution 008-S-2015 dated January 5, 2015, issued by the Barangay Council of Salawag, Dota was being banned because it had already become a tool for gambling and was causing discord in the community.
‘The resolution, which was written in Filipino, added that Dota was inducing the youth in their barangay to become violent to the point of committing murder.
‘It said that because of Dota’s “bad influence,” the young were “nagiging bayolente at natutong manloko, magnakaw.” (They are becoming violent and are learning to deceive, steal.)…’