It was a busy Holy Week for most of the police troopers after they have been busy busting illegal cockfighting in various places in the province.
The daily police blotters were literally swamped with various reports of illegal cockfighting being busted by the local police officers.
The results were largely mixed, with some raids yielding arrested suspects, while others were not as lucky as the suspects were able to scamper away and escape the approaching law men.
In Candijay, the police arrested a certain Victor Barrera, 31, of barangay Tugas, Candijay, for alleged illegal cockfighting.
He was caught with a dead rooster with the gaff still attached.
In Carmen, the police got a tip that an alleged illegal cockfighting was on going on Friday at sitio Panasan, barangay Villafuerte.
The police successfully arrested a certain Joel Campungan, 42, of sitio Can-inas, Montesuerte and Ireneo Caño, 70, of barangay Katipunan, Carmen.
Reports said the two were allegedly engaging in an illegal cockfighting session, but they were unable to escape, as their companions scampered away after sensing approaching police officers.
At least five dead fighting roosters were confiscated by the police during the operations.
In Dauis, two persons were arrested by the police for alleged illegal cockfights on Friday.
The suspects were identified as Bienvinido Pelindinque, 50, construction worker, and a resident of purok 5, barangay Mayacabac, Dauis and Ricardo Miculob, 48, of purok 6, barangay Catarman, Dauis.
Two fighting roosters were confiscated by the police from the two suspects.
Three persons were arrested also in Dauis for alleged illegal cockfighting this time in barangay Tabalong.
The three suspects were identified as Prisco Glarian, 53, of district 10, Habitat, barangay Tabalong, Arnulfo Bunani, 48, also of barangay Tabalong, and Camelo Honcada, 47, of purok 6, barangay Tabalong, Dauis.
Seized from their possession by the police were two fighting cockes.
A concerned citizen alerted the police in Tagbilaran about an alleged illegal cockfighting sortie happening in barangay Dampas.
However, Tagbilaran police were unable to arrest anyone after the people in the area scampered and escaped the police dragnet sensing approaching law men.
Two dead and five live fighting roosters were confiscated by police officers during the Friday raid.
Police in Talibon managed to seize 10 fighting roosters in barangay Magsaysay, but was unable to arrest anyone after escaping from the reach of the police officers.
In another location in Talibon, this time in barangay San Roque, the police received a tip from a concerned citizen regarding an alleged illegal cockfight happening in the area.
The bettors scampered away to escape the approaching law men. The raiding team was left with two fighting roosters in the aftermath.
In Trinidad town, the police received information about an alleged illegal cockfight known locally as tigbakay happened in barangay San Vicente.
Just like in other operations, the bettors scampered away after sensing the approach of the law men and unable to make arrest.
A dead rooster was seized by the police in Trinidad.
In Anda town, four suspects were arrested in connection to an alleged illegal cockfighting incident during Maundy Thursday.
Police identified the four suspects as Bengie Ampong, 21, of barangay Badiang, Anda, Ralph Segun, 27, of barangay Bulawan, Guindulman, Marlonito Amparo, 52, of barangay Bulawan, Guindulman, and Nestor Deloso, 44, of barangay Talisay, Anda.
Intial reports said the police were conducting surveillance when the team spotted a group of persons gathered in an open area in sitio Amuntay, barangay Linawan.
The police took seven fighting roosters and other paraphernalia.
In Cortes town, a confidential informant gave information to the police about an illegal cockfighting allegedly going on in barangay Fatima, Cortes.
Police were unable to effect arrest on the man tending a table as the rest of the bettors scampered away after sensing the approach of the law men.
The man was identified as Salvador Payot, 33, of purok 3, barangay Monserat, Cortes.
Several pieces of money in various denominations were confiscated by the police.
In Jagna, on Thursday, law men raided an alleged illegal cockfighting ring in barangay Faraon as the police were unable to arrest anyone after the bettors scampered away. At least 11 fighting roosters were confiscated and six of them were alive at the time of the raid.
On Wednesday, in barangay Bil-isan, Panglao two suspects were arrested by the police for alleged engagement in illegal cockfighting.
The suspects were identified as Marvic Sarahina, 39, of purok 3, barangay Bil-isan, Panglao and Peter Olea, 53, of barangay Poblacion, Panglao.
About five fighting roosters were confiscated by the police upon the arrest of the two suspects.
Also on Wednesday, Tubigon police received information about an alleged illegal cockfighting event happening in barangay Buenos Aires.
The bettors managed to escape the raiding team’s approach. The police were able to seize nine fighting roosters.
ILLEGAL COCKFIGHTING BANNED DURING MAUNDY THURSDAY, BLACK FRIDAY
According to the law, it is illegal for anyone to stage a cockfight during Maundy Thursday and Black Friday.
The Cockfighting Law of 1974 made it illegal for cockfights to happen during these two days of the Holy Week.
Other holidays where cockfighting is disallowed include Rizal Day on December 30, Bonifacio Day on November 30 and during Independence Day on June 12.
It is not allowed for anyone to stage and participate in a cockfight during Election Day, and Referendum Day.
Cockfights are only allowed in licensed cockpits and should be done only on Sundays and legal holidays and during local fiestas not exceeding three days. Cockfights may be allowed in a fair, carnival, or exposition for a similar period of three days upon the resolution of the province, city, or municipality where the fair, carnival or exposition will be held.
In the event of arrest, the suspect may face fine and imprisonment for getting involved in an illegal cockfight. (DSA)