6 men arrested for ‘online cockfight’

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SIX men were arrested by police after they were caught participating in an “online sabong (cockfight)” in Brgy. Inayagan, City of Naga on Thursday night, March 18, 2021.

The six men, identified as Alex Jhun Gutierrez, 25; Joeriz Geonzon, 30; Warlito Ubas, 38; Gerardo Ubas, 51; Kristopher Jimenez, 19; and Joel Abella, 47, were caught while police were conducting contact tracing efforts in Purok Tabay 2 in the same barangay.

While the police officers were conducting contact tracing, they noticed that the group was gathering inside a compound, viewing the “online sabong” in front of a projector.

The group reportedly didn’t follow social distancing measures and were not wearing masks.

Aside from watching the “online sabong,” the group was also reportedly betting on the matches.

At 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, police returned to the area and found that the same group was still at it with the illegal activities.

This prompted police to arrest the group.

Police recovered a laptop, a projector and gambling proceeds worth P2,734.

The six are set to be charged for violating Presidential Decree 1602 and Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code.(AYB / JKV)