N. Mindanao cops go after sabungeros

POLICE Regional Office 10 director, Brigadier General Rolando B. Anduyan yesterday said he has ordered a stepped-up operation against cockfight aficionados who continue to engage in illegal ‘tupada’ games in the region despite the Enhanced Community Quarantine ordered by the government to help arrest the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Anduyan said these ‘sabungeros’ are not only violating Presidential Decree 1602 or the anti-gambling law but most importantly, Executive Order 2020-008 which refers to General Community Quarantine which calls for social distancing and cooperation of the public in the national government’s effort to prevent further spread of the killer virus.

Scores of ‘anti-tupada’ operations in the region have been conducted by PRO10 agents since two weeks ago leading to dozens of arrest, the official said.

Last Friday, Anduyan said that members of the Claviera Municipal Police Station led by Major Raymond Lumapay raided a ‘tupadahan’ in Purok 5, Barangay Hinaplanan where they arrested two local residents.

The 2 p.m. Good Friday raid led in the recovery of three fighting cocks, a dead fight cock, two gaffs and P100 in cash bet. Scores of suspects managed to flee to safety during the police raid.

Another similar operation in Purok 6, Sitio Macabundol launched by the local police headed by Captain Jessie Palencia in Bgy. Danatag, Baungon, Bukindon 10:30 a.m. Friday resulted in the arrest of two local residents involved in an illegal cockfighting activity local known as ‘tari-tari.’ Several others escaped at the height of the police raid which led in the recovery of a live fighting cock and a motorcycle.

A 3rd raid conducted by policemen led by Lieutenant Dino Magno in Sitio Pidlusongan in Bgy. Aluna in Initao, Misamis Oriental around 2:30 p.m. Friday netted eight ‘sabungeros’ and five fighting cocks, several cockfighting paraphernalia including gaffs and P230 in cash bets.