Labella mulls over allowing live-stream of cockfighting events

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MAYOR Edgardo Labella will possibly allow online cockfighting to reduce the number of tigbakay, a local term for illegal derby, in Cebu City.

The Cebu City Gamefowl Commission and the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) have filed a resolution pushing for the live-streaming of cockfighting events.

“Ako nang tan-awon (I will look into it). Maybe, in due time, we will make a decision. Naghimo kog study kon pila ra ka tawo ang makasulod (I am conducting a study on how many people can get in),” Labella said.

Of all the local government units in Cebu, only Cebu City has not allowed the return of cockfighting even though it has been allowed for a limited number of participants by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the current status of Cebu City and entire Cebu.

City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, majority floor leader and chairman of the Gamefowl Commission, has passed a resolution authorizing the reopening of legal cockfighting arenas but with limited capacity to enforce social distancing and avoid mass gathering, a superspreader of the new coronavirus.

The commission recently recommended to scrap the 50-percent limit of in-person attendance. Instead, it suggested allowing the online cockfighting event; only a handful of people would be permitted to go inside the venue. The EOC agreed.

Garcia and City Councilor Phillip Zafra, chairman of the committee on public order and safety, described that opening up the legal cockfighting venues and allowing the streaming of events would prevent mass gathering in the venues. (PAC / KAL)