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The Philippines is to build an elephant monument from the ashes of seized tusks it destroyed in a landmark action against the ivory trade, an official said Thursday. 

A member of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau shows the cremated remains of confiscated elephant tusks at the Bureau of Animal Industry facility in Manila on June 26, 2013

The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf, said Josie de Leon, chief of the environment ministry's wildlife division.

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