from the 3 shooters (as sent to GMA News reporter Richelle
The pictures in question were taken from a defunct spoof website
from last year. It was not meant to be viewed seriously as
it clearly stated "there was an expedition with Kumander
Robot in Abu Sayyaf Territory", which is obviously fake.
These photos are being circulated, not by us, but by some
unknown group or groups wanting to blame the decline of bird
population on someone.
We never stated that we shot the birds - the birds were already
dead upon our arrival. Its true that dead birds and people
posing with shotguns were in the same picture, and does not
look good. Admittedly, this was a poor judgment call. However,
to say that the Philippine Team shot down near-endangered
birds by merely looking at these photos, is jumping to conclusions.
Again, we want to apologize to those offended by the bad-taste
photos and the portrayal of the > misconcepcion that its
OK to shoot philippine ducks. It is NOT OK. We wish to promote
our CLAY SHOOTING sport as an alternative to shooting birds,
since it is clearly illegal in the Philippines.
Tet Lara, Jade de Guzman and Mike
January 12, 2008