The Philippines has cracked down on illegal online cockfighting, locally known as “e-sabong,” arresting a staggering 1,245 suspects involved in the unlawful activity. The country’s law enforcement agencies have been actively targeting this digital form of wagering on rooster fights, which has gained popularity during the pandemic due to lockdowns and restrictions on traditional cockfighting venues. The arrests demonstrate the government’s commitment to eradicating illegal gambling operations and protecting the welfare of animals involved in these cruel competitions. With the crackdown intensifying, authorities are sending a strong message that e-sabong participants will face severe consequences for their involvement in this illicit industry.
The Philippine News Agency confirmed the news, saying that the country’s police authorities have conducted a massive operation in the period between July 1, 2022, through August 15, 2023, resulting in the arrest of more than a thousand individuals.
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