MANILA, Philippines – On Thursday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stated that e-sabong, or online cockfighting,…
PRRD has finally put an end to its e-sabong operations.
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the country’s e-sabong (online cockfighting) operations to be shut down immediately.
Duterte’s decision was based on Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano’s request that e-sabong activities be halted.
“Secretary Ano’s recommendation is that e-sabong be phased out. He cited all sources for the validation report. So, since it was his recommendation and I agreed that it was good, e-sabong would come to an end tonight “He mentioned this on Monday night’s taped Talk to the People, which aired Tuesday morning.
Ano was previously directed by Duterte to conduct a poll on the “social impact” of e-sabong on Filipinos.
His order came in the aftermath of the still-unsolved disappearance of some e-sabong fans across the country.
One of the conclusions, according to Duterte, is that cockfighting fans are losing sleep as a result of their addiction to internet cockfighting.
“It may not be sophisticated, but it is still a survey,” stated Duterte. “It was working against our principles, and it was loud and clear to me.”
Following a number of suspected abductions and disappearances of devotees in recent months, there have been growing calls for the multibillion-dollar cockfighting industry to be suspended.
Around 23 senators endorsed Resolution 996, urging the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to suspend e-sabong operators’ licenses and halt all related activities until the cases of 31 missing cockfighting fans are handled.
Duterte has resisted requests to halt e-sabong activities, claiming that the government makes millions of pesos from the gambling game.
Instead, he asked Congress to issue a legislative franchise to govern e-operations. sabong’s
Eventually, Duterte voiced openness to requests to shut down e-operations sabong’s due to an apparent “social problem” affecting enthusiasts and their families.
According to Pagcor data, the government was able to receive PHP3.69 billion from the gaming operations of eight e-sabong licensees from April to December 2021.
A total of PHP1.37 billion was collected from the operations of seven licensees between January and March 15, 2022.