Aklan police intensifies ops vs ‘illegal cockfighting’

Aklan police intensifies ops vs ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – In line with thegovernment’s thrust to promote the “No Take Police” on gambling operations allover the country, the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) has intensified itscampaign against illegal cockfighting in this province. Police chief inspector Bernard Ufano,chief of the APPO Intelligence Unit, was given the mandate to have supervisoryfunctions on the province’s campaign against illegal gambling operations. Ufano also added that out of all thetowns that been allowed to maintain cockpit operations, only the town of Malayis known to have two cockpit stations, although only one at this time has thelegal capacity to operate for business. In a media interview yesterday, Ufanosaid that out the 17 municipalities in this province, only 14 towns haveapplied for the renewal of their permits to continue operating cockpit stationsin their respective areas. “Right now, only the cockpit station inBoracay Island can legally operate since the cockpit station in mainland Malayis still in the process of its renewal,” he said. The municipalities of Ibajay, NewWashington, and Banga have not renewed their permits, hence, they have not beeninto cockfighting operations as of late.center_img Based on the data of the NationalStatistics Office, using the result of the 2015 census of population, the townof Malay, so far, has only a population of 52,973. “It is very unique and questionablereally why the town of Malay is maintaining two cockpit stations consideringthat its population can barely meet the needed number,” a resort owner whorequested anonymity said. Questions, however, are being raised onthe presence of two cockpit stations in that said municipality. According to PresidentialDecree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974, it specifically mandates thatthere should be only one cockpit station that has to be established in a townwith a population of less than 100,000. Ufano, during the interview, did notcategorically answer the question to why Malay town has allowed to operate twocockpit stations but said “I understand the other cockpit station which isbased in the mainland Malay is pushing for the renewal of its business permit,but it’s already up to the LGU if they will approve it.”(Radyo Todo)last_img

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