Governor Gwendolyn Garcia warned public officials to stop conducting illegal cockfighting activities or “tigbakay” in the province or else appropriate actions will be taken against them.
This is after seven officials have been found to have joined a “tigbakay” in Daanbantayan town on Saturday, July 25. Any cockfighting activity is still not allowed in the Province of Cebu despite its modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status.
Garcia said the Capitol will be filing complaints against these public officials for violating the Provincial Ordinance.
“Mas bug-at ni inyong sala. Ako mismo ang mu-file og kaso under our Provincial Ordinance kay dunay penal clause. Sayod ko ang uban niini dili kuyog nako, dili One Cebu, kontra partido apan duna say uban niini nga kauban nako, kuyog ta, kuyog pa tag pangampanya. Niining tungora wala nay partido kay duna tay gipanumpaan. Kamo nagpakauwaw mo sa inyung kaugalingung posisyon, nagpakauwaw mo sa mga tawo nga nipili ninyo ug misalig ninyo,” the governor stressed.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Albert Ignatius Ferro in reports said charges will be filed against barangay captains Narciso Osable of Maharuhay, Medellin; Arnold Arcipe of Dayhagon, Medellin; and Rodel Diamante of Colonia Tuburan; municipal councilors Bernardito Luche of Daanbantayan; Buena Pontillas of Tuburan; and Moman Rivera and Abdon Cabahug of Borbon who escaped together with 23 others when a joint operation led by the Regional Intelligence Division raided an illegal cockfight at Sitio Tagasa, Barangay Bitoon, Daanbantayan.
Only 31 individuals were arrested and taken to the Daanbantayan Police Station for the filing of illegal gambling before the Prosecutor’s Office.
Garcia expressed her disappointment with the seven officials for taking their positions for granted and failing to uphold the set community quarantine protocols and guidelines in Cebu Province.
“Nahibaw mo tanan, sa tanan nakong Executive Orders gikan pa sa ECQ, GCQ, MGCQ, wala gyud nato gitugtan ning tigbakay. Wala man gani nato tugti ang legal nga cockfighting. Labaw na ang tigbakay,” she said.
The governor added that officials have a sworn duty to “uphold all laws, legal orders, and decrees promulgated by the duly constituted authorities” including the executive orders which were adopted by the Provincial Board.
“Let that be a defining signal to all other public officials. Let me just say, I am aware kinsa pa ning uban wala lang mo panghidakpi, naabot nana nako. Naa gani mayor ani involve, wala lang mo dakpi, wa lang mo maapil og kadakop. But I’m warning you ipadayon pa gani ni ninyo because I am working very closely with the PNP (Philippine National Police), ipadakop ta gyud mo, regardless if kauban mo nako o dili,” she said. (Mylen Manto)