LAGUNA – Authorities arrested 16 persons, including a barangay chairman, in illegal cockfighting or tupada in Barangay San Miguel, Alaminos on May 26.
Laguna Police Provincial Office identified the suspects as Mars Libang, Edcel Sahagun, Nelson De Rama, Gregorio Malabuyoc, Jhon Mike Dominguez, Mike Joshua Toling, Oscar Manalo, Jhon Albert Hular, Steven Ram Cangas, and John Borg Gaspay.
Also arrested were Rico James Castillo, Reden Marcelino, Raymond Manalo, Joshua Enovidad, Andy Luna, and Prisco Manalo.
The police confiscated two live fighting roosters, two pieces of gaffs or razor-sharp steel blades, and P3,300 bet money.
The suspects are under the custody of Alaminos Municipal Police Station and face illegal gambling charges.
In a statement, acting Laguna police director Col. Cecilio R. Ison Jr. warned that the police force will not tolerate illegal gamblers.