7 public officials to face complaints for joining 'tigbakay'

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THE police will press charges against seven elected officials in northern Cebu for participating in an illegal cockfight—locally known as tigbakay—in Sitio Tagasa, Barangay Bitoon, Daanbantayan on July 25, 2020.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Albert Ignatius Ferro has ordered the Daanbantayan Police to file the criminal complaints against the public officials—three barangay captains and four municipal councilors.

The three village chiefs are Narciso Osabel of Maharuhay, Medellin; Arnold Arcipe of Dayhagon, Medellin; and Rodelo Diamante of Colonia, Tuburan. The municipal councilors are Bernardito Luche of Daanbantayan; Buena Pontillas of Tuburan; and Moman Rivera and Abdon Cabahug of Borbon.

Ferro said these public officials were among the 23 persons who escaped when a joint team of police officers led by the Regional Intelligence Division operatives raided an illegal cockfight in Sitio Tagasa.

Thirty-one persons were arrested and they were brought to the Daanbantayan Police Station for temporary custody.

The seven public servants will be charged with illegal gambling. The PRO 7 sent a report to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) about the incident as the DILG will take care of the administrative aspect of the case.

The incident was also reported to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Daanbantayan, a town located in the northern tip of Cebu’s main island, is under modified general community quarantine. However, mass gathering is still prohibited under the MGCO status.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s most recent executive order bans several outdoor and indoor sporting events—basketball, volleyball and cockfight, among others. (AYB / MMC)