PNP on online sabong sites: “May mga isinubmit na po tayo na mga website… ng mga account sites po sa DICT pati na rin po sa NTC”
ONLINE SABONG – The Philippine National Police (PNP) asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to take down several e-sabong sites.
It was last December 2022 when President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered the continued suspension of online sabong operations nationwide, saying that the state is obligated to protect public health and morals and to also promote public safety and the general welfare.
In the public briefing, PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Jean Fajardo said that the PNP has submitted e-sabong sites to the NTC and the DICT because they have the authority to take down those websites.
“May mga nahuli po tayo na mga indibidwal na engaged po sa illegal e-sabong activities. Pati na rin po ‘yung kanilang ginagamit na mga equipment ay na kompiska po natin,”Fajardo said. “At mag tutuloy tuloy po ito bilang bahagi po ng ating intensified campaign against proliferation ng e-sabong activities po.”
Fajardo also said that the PNP conducted police operations against e-sabong operations, particularly in Cebu. According to her, the PNP will continue the police operation as part of the agency’s intensified campaign against the proliferation of e-sabong activities.
To recall, it was last December 2022 when the President issued Executive Order No. 9 ordering the continued suspension of e-sabong operations nationwide. The EO suspends broadcasting or live-streaming of live cockfights outside cockpits or cockfighting arenas or premises where cockfights are being held.
Also, the EO suspends online/remote, or off-cockpit wagering/betting on live cockfighting matches and/or activities streamed or broadcast live, regardless of the location of the online betting platform.