DILG shutters 7 illegal online sabong websites
DILG spox requests Meta to shut down online sabong pages on Facebook
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — The online sabong Department of the Interior and Local Government has closed down
seven e-sabong websites operating illegally, saying more were being monitored
as the gambling platform proliferated again despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban order.
Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the national police’s anti-cybercrime team
is probing who the websites’ administrators are so they could file charges.
The police unit is also monitoring 12 websites and eight social media pages
supposedly linked to online sabong operations.
Facebook groups promoting online sabong operations
“We are coordinating with the Department of Information and Communication Technology
for these websites to be shut down,” said Malaya in a statement on Wednesday.
“Of the 12 websites, only 2 were registered in the Philippines
while the rest are located in other countries,” it read.
The DILG also found out that there were Facebook groups promoting online sabong operations
and give access to users through links once interested cockfighters send them a message, Malaya said.
His agency appealed to Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to delete the pages
for online sabong since “minors are able to access the sites freely,” the official said.
“Since the mode of payment and cash-out is through GCash and other platforms,
they will also request the assistance of Globe in putting a stop to the use of
their platform for illegal purposes,” the agency’s statement read.
“These illegal online sabong outfits are operating without licenses or franchises
from the national or local governments and are not remitting a single peso
in revenue to the state,” explained Malaya.
Panel report on e-sabong probe reaches Senate plenary
The Senate’s Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee on Tuesday reported out to
the plenary its committee report on the disappearances of online cockfighting enthusiasts.
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, chairperson of the panel, sponsored Committee Report 646
during the Senate’s plenary session Tuesday.
“Ang online sabong, ano man ang opinyon at pagtingin ng bawat isa sa atin ay maituturing na bahagi na ng ating kultura
[Cockfighting, whatever your opinion on it is, can be considered part of our culture].
The existence of online sabong in the culture of Filipinos has been around for hundreds of years.
It has made a lot of contribution not only in the entertainment of Filipinos,
but also towards the livelihood of different communities in the country.
This industry became a source of income to many in providing food
for their families and education for their children,” Dela Rosa said in his sponsorship speech.
“Sadly, it seems today that while we recognize the notable contribution of cockfighting,
some have made it as a tool of uncontrolled gambling, others exploited
it as an object of commercialism and worse, there has been proliferation crimes
committed in relation to it,” he added.
The former Philippine National Police then cited reports about a mother
who sold her eight-month-old child to pay off her “online sabong debts”
as well as the disappearance of at least 32 individuals who are involved in
sabong and online sabong operations.