IN a rare unanimous decision, the Senate issued a resolution calling for the immediate suspension of online cockfighting operations or e-sabong throughout the country. This came after the chamber started its investigation on the curious case of 31 sabungeros (cockfighters) associated with the electronic gambling scheme who suddenly disappeared without a trace.

E-sabong flourished during the first two years of the pandemic and attracted thousands of bettors who stayed home amid the lockdowns. Malacañang has allowed legal e-sabong licensees to continue operating and instead directed the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to thoroughly investigate the mysterious disappearances within 30 days from March 8.

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