By Anthony Giron
CAMP GEN. PANTALEON GARCIA, IMUS CITY, Cavite – Scores of “sabungeros” (cockfight aficionados) were arrested on Thursday and Friday by police in operations against illegal cockfights, or “tupada”, in Cavite, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported on Saturday, April 11.
PPO reports released in the last two days showed that at least 43 persons, including a minor and a widow, were arrested in “tupada” operations in the cities of Bacoor, Trece Martires, General Trias and Tagaytay and the municipalities of Maragondon and Alfonso.
Police also seized in the operations some 28 fighting cocks, 20 “tari” (cockfight gaffs), and bet money amounting to some P14,560.
Governor Jonvic Remulla said that he has given strict instructions to the Cavite PPO that all those caught in illegal gambling be charged in court.
“Ako ay mahirap pakiusapan sa bagay na ito. Ngayon na panahon ng COVID, na may quarantine, na bawal ang sabong, ay ngayon ninyo pa ako susubukan. I have given strict instructions that all caught in illegal gambling will be immediately put on inquest,” Remulla said in part. (Appeals for me will be difficult on this matter. Now under the COVID crisis, with the quarantine enforced, cockfights are prohibited, will you dare try me now.)
“Sana po maging silbeng leksyon para sa lahat,” the governor also said. (May this serve as lesson for all.)