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PNP asks tech-related government agencies for assistance in fighting “e-sabong”

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In order to track down e-sabong (online cockfighting) operators, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday that it is collaborating with a number of other government organizations, particularly those whose purview includes information and communications technology.

“Technology is engaged here, thus the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and NTC can manage the monitoring or patrolling” (National Telecommunications Commission). They ought to cooperate with all law enforcement organizations so that we can determine who is responsible for these e-sabotage operations “Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., head of the PNP, spoke at a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City in a mix of English and Filipino.

To ensure compliance with the suspension of e-sabong operations, Azurin stated that the PNP is a member of an inter-agency body headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Thanks to technology, anyone can simply play and place a wager. We are pleading with everyone not to support this e-sabong since it would only make us poorer and ruin many lives. We only serve to enrich the operators, and the barangay ought to assist the PNP in putting a stop to this “Added he.

EO 9 was issued by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. in December of last year, and according to Azurin, 18 persons were detained in the province of Cebu as a result.

On January 13, a total of 17 persons were detained in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, while participating in unlawful cockfight games that were broadcast live using mobile phone apps in Barangay Ibo.

A further alleged e-sabong operator was reportedly detained by members of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 7 in Barangay Bugho in San Fernando, Cebu.

“Seven additional suspects connected to that e-sabong operation managed to avoid capture. The arresting squad seized cash bets, and various technological devices used to watch cockfight games, “added he.

Livestreaming or broadcasting of cockfights outside of cockpits, cockfighting arenas, or locations where cockfights are taking place will be prohibited under EO 9.

In addition, the rule prohibits betting on live cockfighting events that are streamed or aired, whether they take place on-site, remotely or off-cockpit.

The suspension shall not apply to traditional cockfights that are conducted in accordance with legislation that has been approved or issued licenses.

The Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation was tasked by EO 9 with coordinating the order’s implementation with local government units, other relevant government agencies, and private businesses.

Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s former president, halted e-sabong activities in May of last year after at least 34 fans of the game vanished in the nation and are still unaccounted for.

Major e-sabong operators stopped operating. However, a few solitary bettors and small groups continue to use the internet-based platform.

At least 15 individuals have been charged in relation to the missing e-sabong enthusiasts by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group so far.


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