The Catholic Church in Phl in deep trouble

THE familiar sound of nature in the countryside particularly coming from geckos or “tuko” has stopped in some provinces as poachers go crazy over these lizards, particularly of the grey and orange spotted variety.

Feeding on cockroaches, locusts, mosquitoes, and other pests geckos are at home in forested areas, rocky cliffs, ancient trees, bamboo groves and even human dwellings.

They are called “tuko” because it is the sound it makes repeatedly that makes ones’ hairs stand on its end.

Geckos are being used as raw ingredients in China and Korea for traditional or alternative medicines said to be a cure for cancer, Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome, and remedy for asthma, tuberculosis and impotence.

Despite the long standing ban issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) against the collection, possession, transport and trade of geckos still it has become the subject of indiscriminate illegal trade.

A gecko weighing 200 grams is sold as much as P1,000 per gram or P250,000 per piece.

Department of Health experts said there is no scientific evidence in modern medicine that they have chemical components use for treating deceases.

Our government should impose total ban on gathering and trading of geckos in the wild to maintain the balance of nature but may allow raising or breeding of these lizards for export to China and Korea as livelihood project or home industry.

Otherwise geckos dwindling number and eventual disappearance could cause insect population to shoot up.


The Catholic Church in the Philippines is in trouble. More and more of its members are defying its teachings that it is a sin to use condoms, pills and other artificial methods of birth control and are even bac-king the passage of Reproductive Health bill pending in Congress that the Church strongly opposes. (Please read the  whole column at


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