CEZA has no license to operate sabong online betting
Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, the main agency tasked in providing sabong licenses
for online operators, has expressed its position for online casinos particularly sabong online betting.
In a statement released in 2018, the agency has clarified that no licenses have been issued
to operators that plan to offer online betting for sabong.
According to then-Secretary Raul Lambino, the agency has not released a permit
for this type of betting that will allow operations within the economic zone
or outside as this will violate the laws on gambling. This means that the casino operators
or betting ships that accept sabong online betting may be licensed offshore or not licensed at all.
What Is Sabong?
Sabong, or cockfighting, is one of the oldest betting sports in the Philippines.
Though most countries have banned the “bloodsport,” its history in the islands has upheld
the pastime as more or less sacrosanct, and it’s a tradition that millions of Filipinos participate in on a daily basis.
Cockfighting is a combat arena sport that pits two roosters, or cocks (aka gamecocks), against one another in a ring.
These birds are typically chosen based on size and aggression similarities, and they have blades
(single-edged or double-edged) affixed to their left legs. Per owner agreement,
however, some fights feature blades on the right legs or both legs of the animals.
Once primed to fight, the cocks are loosed into the sabong pit (aka the cockpit),
and they attack one another with beak, blade, and talon. The referee can call the fight at any time,
as it’s usually clear which bird has won the fight after only a few minutes.
- Many uninitiated observers tend to think these fights are over in just a few seconds,
but that’s not true. A typical cockfight can last up to half an hour, depending on the birds’ defensive instincts
and energy levels. Fighting cocks are bred specifically to be aggressive, though as with boxing,
there is sometimes a definite “dance” that takes place in the pit.
OTB Sabong Betting: e-Sabong
In the Philippines, “off-track betting” (OTB) on sabong (also called “e-sabong”) is considered
to be a legal gray area. PAGCOR has been determined to have the authority to authorize the pastime to
be wagered on at venues away from the sabong pits themselves, the same way horseplayers can bet on horses at
kiosks around the country. However, this is controversial, and PAGCOR has not authorized any official e-sabong outlets as of this time.
Currently, there is a movement in the Philippine congress to eliminate e-sabong
Known as House Bill 8910, the law has been unanimously approved by the legislature in early 2019,
but the bill has not yet been signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The proposed ban on e-sabong will likely be revisited sometime during the 2020 or 2021 legislative sessions.
Due to overwhelming support for the bill, it is likely that it will become the law of the land sooner than later.
Is betting on Sabong legal in the Philippines?
Yes, Betting on Sabong is legal and widespread across the Philippines.
Can I watch sabong live streaming online?
Yes. You can watch sabong live streaming online. Some bookmakers offer it as they offer any other sport.
How to bet on sabong?
Betting on sabong is the same as in other sports. You pick a rooster that you think will win the match and place your bet.