24 November 2013

Chavit Singson's Lion's Den

Chavit's Lion
After receiving several unwanted criticism when he and his daughter posted photos of their hunting of the rare endemic ducks, former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson is back in a lion’s den. This time, a photo of the former Governor with a lion he shot dead gained traction online and receive another round of negative comments.

The photos, which were initially published in June on the website of the Philippine Times of Southern Nevada, show Singson posing beside a male lion and an antelope that he shot during a hunting expedition at the Kalahari Desert, South Africa where he celebrated his birthday.

According to the report, Singson went to the Kalahari Desert, which extends 900,000 square kilometers and covers much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, to hunt wild animals.

Singson, like all other hunters, waited for about a year to get his shooting license, it said.

"His hunting rifle took down a male lion and an antelope, highly valued targets. Needless to say, he couldn't be happier. His feats were celebrated in his birthday bash in Spear Safari, also in the savannah. An image of his prized catch is printed onto his cake, making the celebration go down in history as one of the most memorable," the report said.

On micro-blogging site Twitter, some netizens reacted harshly to the photos. The flak that Governor Singson received followed another online petition at Change.org where he was asked to stop hunting wild ducks.