Chavit Singson Shots Lion During Hunting Expedition

Photos of former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson with a lion he shot dead during a hunting expedition in South Africa are drawing flak online.

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 at the Kalahari Desert as he celebrated his birthday.

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.

Singson’s hunting rifle took down a male lion and an antelope, highly valued targets.

However, he could not be happier but 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 negatively to the photos.

Meanwhile, policemen and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday seized fake cigarettes in a raid on a factory in a property owned by a family firm of Gov. Singson.