NBI tasked to probe missing cockfight enthusiasts

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MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the reported disappearance of sabungeros or cockfight aficionados in the past few weeks.

Guevarra directed NBI Officer in Charge Eric Distor to look into “and if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against all persons involved and found responsible.”

Close to 30 individuals have reportedly gone missing in groups in separate incidents since last month.

On January 28, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has started investigating the disappearance of the cockfight enthusiasts.

The CIDG, he said, is particularly investigating the case of 10 men who disappeared shortly after being seen in separate cockfighting areas in Laguna and Manila on January 13.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage from the arena showed that the vehicle used by the victims was seen exiting the coliseum in Sta. Cruz, Laguna but it was not clear if the victims were inside the vehicle.

On the same day, another six men went missing after participating in a cockfighting tournament in Manila.

Earlier, another 10 men from Bulacan who attended a cockfighting match were added to the list of missing individuals. These men, according to their relatives, have been missing for more than eight months. (PNA)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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