On Monday, we reported in this column that a restaurant in Bocaue, Bulacan is doubling as a virtual cockpit arena and a betting station, using live video streaming of remote cockfighting events.
Following that, we verified reports that the old Marilao Cockpit Arena in Brgy. Abangan Sur is now a venue of the same illegal gambling activity in the locality next to Bocaue.
Unlike the traditional cockfighting held previously in this arena, aficionados get to place wagers between pairs of slashers in a series of matches shown via video streaming or live feed from various events all over the country.
Apparently, this is the trend in Bulacan province.
No provision of the law legalizes betting on televised cockfighting events. Betting outside the arena is allowed only during special occasions like town fiestas.
In addition to the old Marilao cockpit arena owned by Edward Sy, another venue of this type of activity in the province is the FS Global Grill and Restaurant in Brgy. Wakas, Bocaue, owned by a certain Zaldy Leonardo.
We will not be surprised if more establishments in this great province turn out to be high-tech betting fronts.
The obvious question is how can these illegal gambling joints operate with impunity as if they’re untouchables?
Apparently, the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional units are turning a blind eye to these activities.
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Smugglers ‘Bobet C’ & ‘Danny C’ having heyday
At least 14 luxury cars have been seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Batangas port.
According to BOC Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Ariel Nepomuceno, the importers of the hot cars evaded paying taxes and dues of up to P50 million by misdeclaration of the correct worth of the cars.
Among those undervalued were a 2015 Mc Laren, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser. These were shipped from Dubai, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Further investigation showed that a certain “Bobet C,” a broker and a “Danny C,” a financier, were responsible for the smuggling of the cars, “ordered’ by some politicians and moneyed car enthusiasts.
Previously, several Ferraris were confiscated by BOC authorities at the South Harbor which were likewise undervalued.
The smugglers are able to operate openly with impunity, reportedly owing to their strong connections with a religious organization of which Bobet C is a prominent member.