The Zamboanga City police have arrested several individuals in separate operations against illegal cockfighting in various barangays, Mayor Beng Climaco said Sunday, January 10.
Police personnel conducted operations in Barangay Tumaga where four persons were nabbed; Barangay Lunzuran where four individuals were arrested; and Barangay Boalan where three persons were apprehended for allegedly violating the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1602 which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling.
“Illegal cockfighting paraphernalia with bet money and fighting cocks were also seized,” the mayor said.
Operations were also conducted in the area of responsibility of Police Station 3 but operators and bettors evaded arrest leaving behind two fighting cocks and in Barangay Baluno where the illegal cockfighting game was abruptly halted before the police authorities arrived.