NBI arrests 250 persons for ‘illegal cockfighting’

Published September 28, 2021, 2:28 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

Two hundred and fifty persons allegedly engaged in illegal cockfighting in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija were arrested last Monday, Sept. 27, by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Armed with a search warrant issued by the court, NBI’s special project team leader Emeterio Dongallo Jr. said the suspects were arrested at the Marvin’s Event Center during a raid.

Those arrested were charged with violations of Presidential Decree No. 1602, the law that imposes stiffer penalties for illegal gambling, and Republic Act No. 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Dongallo said.

“Meron silang pasabong, tapos nila-live stream nila then bettors will bet online (They have a cockfight operation then they live stream so bettors can place bets online),” he said.

“Ang problema lang hindi sila nagbabayad ng franchise (the problem is they don’t pay for the franchise),” he pointed out.

He said the NBI will be checking the articles of incorporation of the company, Marvin’s Event Center, to determine who are the owners.

Also, he said the town’s local officials and police officials will also be investigated as to why they have failed to stop the illegal gambling operation.

He said the raid was conducted after the NBI received complaints from legitimate cockfighting operators in the province.

After verification that the center had no authority to operate, the NBI secured a search warrant and conducted the raid, he added.