Anti-graft court fines Bukidnon ex-mayor over illegal cockfight


The Sandiganbayan has meted a fine to a former mayor of Kadingilan, Bukidnon town for allowing an illegal cockfight operation in an unlicensed cockpit in his town nine years ago.

In its decision dated December 5, the anti-graft court’s Second Division fined Joelito A. Talaid PHP6,000 for violation of Sec. 5 (d) of PD 449 also known as the Cockfighting Law of 1974.

The charges arose from the cockfights held in the unlicensed cockpit around July 2010 after Talaid issued a special permit without the approval of the chief of the Philippine National Police or the latter’s authorized representative, as required by law.

Two of Talaid’s co-accused, then vice-mayor Nestor M. Baliguat Sr. and Dionesio Ranque of the Kadingilan Cockers Association whom graft investigators said acted as owner and operator of the cockpit were acquitted for insufficiency of evidence. (PNA)