Eleazar orders crackdown vs 'tupada'

Philippine National Police Chief General Guillermo Eleazar (Photo courtesy of PNP)

CALOOCAN CITY, May 27 (PIA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Eleazar has ordered intensified operations against illegal cockfighting or "tupada" following the arrest of 17 persons, including a barangay captain, in Calamba, Laguna for holding the illegal gambling game and violating minimum public health safety protocols.
 
To recall, Laguna is part of the NCR Plus and remains under the General Community Quarantine with heightened restrictions.
 
“Ang ilegal na tupadang ito ang mitsa sa nakakalungkot na pangyayari kay Edwin Arnigo. Therefore, I am ordering all police commanders to launch a crackdown against thIs form of illegal activity,” said PGen Eleazar.

The PNP chief expressed dismay that among the arrested violators was a barangay captain.

“Ang malala pa dito, sangkot ang kapitan ng barangay. Nakakahiya at nakakagalit na imbes na sawayin ay siya pa ang nangunang pasaway sa tupada. Hindi man lang natinag si kapitan sa nasampolan na barangay chairman sa Caloocan,” he said.

“I am also coordinating with the SILG Eduardo Año to give the PNP the clearance to immediately file cases against barangay officials where successful anti-tupada operations would be conducted,” he added.

A barangay captain was administratively charged for the Gubat sa Ciudad incident where the resort was opened to hundreds of people despite the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in effect over Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief reminded police officers not to get involved with illegal gambling activities, including tupada, and said, “Binabalaan ko rin po ang ating PNP personnel na huwag proprotektahan o kukunsintihin ang anumang klaseng iligal na sugal, gaya ng tupada, dahil siguradong mamalasin kayo sa akin.”

Eleazar then directed police commanders, “Siguraduhin ninyong walang sangkot sa iligal na sugal sa inyong mga personnel. Keep your units professional and disciplined at all times.”

“Kung alam ng mga pulis na hindi sila kukunsintihin ng kanilang mga pinuno, natitiyak ko na magdadalawang-isip silang gumawa ng iligal na gawain,” he added. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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