Malacañang said today that cockfighting, locally known as “sabong,” in any shape or form, is still “absolutely prohibited” in any quarantine classification.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that live or online sabong is not allowed but a technical working group (TWG) continues to discuss it.
“Ang sabong po (Cockfighting is) absolutely prohibited whether it be live or online,” he said.
“‘Yan po ay dini-discuss pa sa TWG. But right now, walang kahit anong form of sabong – live or online – na ina-allow (It’s still being discussed in the TWG but right now, no form of cockfighting is allowed),” he added.
In July, Malacañang urged stakeholders of online cockfighting to ask the Inter-Aagency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for permission first before continuing with their innovation of the classic betting game.
Cockfighting and cockpits, along with beerhouses, nightclubs, and similar establishments whose main business is serving alcohol, are prohibited in all quarantine classifications since March this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Roque said that meetings, including work-related ones, are still limited to 50 percent capacity even though some businesses like restaurants were already allowed to operate at full capacity.
“Sa ngayon po nananatiling 50 percent po ‘yan (For now, meetings are still limited to 50 percent),” he said.
Roque explained that restaurants were allowed to operate at full capacity because many jobs depend on it.
“Ang dahilan kung bakit pinapataas natin ang capacity ng restaurants, napakaraming hanapbuhay ang nakasalalay sa ating mga restaurants at tsaka ‘yung mga food suppliers (The reason why we increased the capacity of restaurants because a lot of jobs depend on it including food suppliers),” he said.