By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte directed police authorities here to confiscate gamefowls at illegal cockfights being held despite the ongoing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Davao City, and cook them.
“If you catch anyone holding cockfight, you go there and confiscate the gamefowls and cook them, and then you tell them that ‘Inday Sara said we would cook your gamefowls,” the mayor said in an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio 87.5 on Monday.
Duterte said “boredom” could not be considered a valid excuse to allow cockfight aficionados in violating ECQ protocols that are enforced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
She asked the cock breeders to keep their gamefowls while the city was trying to cope with the impact of the outbreak by limiting the movement and prohibiting the mass gathering of people.
“All people here in this city, in the region, and even more so in Manila have suffered so much. It’s just right to order the confiscation of your gamefowls if I or the police catch you,” she said.
The derby at New Davao Matina Gallera between March 6 and March 13, 2020 was believed to have been the source of a COVID-19 infection not only in Davao City, but also in Mindanao.
In a virtual presser, Department of Health-Davao Assistant Regional Director Lenny Joy Rivera said at least the 738 COVID-19-related patients were traced to have attended the derby at the Matina Gallera.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, DOH-Davao reported 90 COVID-19 cases in the region, of them 50 have recovered.
Davao City recorded the highest COVID-19 cases with 74, Davao del Norte nine, Davao del Sur two, Davao de Oro two, and Davao Oriental three. Davao Occidental reported no COVID-19 case.