The Philippine National Police directed local police units to intensify operations against the holding of tupada or illegal cockfights.
PNP chief General Gullermo Eleazar issued the order following the arrest of 17 persons, including a barangay captain, in Calamba, Laguna for holding a tupada and violating minimum public health safety protocols.
This also comes on the heels of the shooting of 18-year-old Edwin Arnigo, a teenager with special needs who was shot by a police officer in Valenzuela City.
Eleazar said, “Illegal cockfighting is precisely what caused the tragic incident of Edwin Arnigo. Therefore, I am ordering all police commanders to launch a crackdown against thIs form of illegal activity.”
The police chief earlier claimed Arnigo himself was one of the suspects in a cockfighting operation and was caught in the crossfire.
Arnigo’s family, however, said that the boy was only outside his house buying ice cream when cops showed up.