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CEBU’s access to an international airport and rich marine resources makes it an ideal place for coral smugglers, said Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia. “The temptation is there and the accessibility is also there,” said Garcia. She said she wants to remove the economic benefits of the illegal trade and to tighten security of marine resources. The law’s small penalty imposed against offenders is another come-on to coral poachers, another local chief executive said. With the recent confiscation of P15 million worth of black corals that triggered a Senate investigation, Sen.

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