ZAMBOANGA CITY – At least a dozen people were injured after a wooden stage collapsed inside a cockpit arena in Zamboanga City on Saturday night.
Reports said the stage, which is also being used as seats for customers, gave way under the weight of dozens of people betting and watching a cockfight in the village of Ayala.
At least eight of the injured aficionados were rushed to hospitals.
The cockfight, which started shortly after noontime, was stopped following the accident.
Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar rushed to the hospitals to check on the injured.
Cockfighting is a favorite gambling game among many locals and Zamboanga has dozens of cockpits.