Alleged employees of the Department of Education have recently come under fire after a set of controversial photos went viral.
The snaps feature the group casually throwing and playing with starfish at a beach in Palawan as if they were beach volleyballs and not like, you know, actual, breathing marine animals.
While starfish are known for their seemingly tough exterior and regenerative capabilities, their parts – especially the arms – are actually very fragile and must be handled with tremendous care.
Facebook page ‘Palawan Supernews’ first uploaded the pics on their feed.
Following the immense pvblic backlash, the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) has since spoken up on the issue, commenting that they have notified the concerned government orgs in Palawan.