Mabalacat City—Nine gamefowl enthusiasts were arrested by police after they were caught holding a cockfight at Barangay Dau Homesite here for alleged violations of the standing health protocol, as authorities heightened their awareness campaign on the coronavirus pandemic.
Police Lt. Colonel Rossel Cejas, chief of the Mabalacat police, identified the suspects as Danilo Alfaro, Roner De Dios, Melchor Dulay, Arnel Abalos, Jorge Montina Jr., Reyanldo Enecillo, and Randy Cunanan, all residents of this city, and Nestor Rodriguez and Fidel Nuqui, both of Angeles City.
Cejas said the suspects were arrested for flagrantly violating the minimum health protocol standard while holding a cockfight without face maks, face shields. and not observing one-meter distancing.
“This serves as a lesson to gamefowl and cockfight enthusiast and to the public to always observe the minimum health standard protocol to avoid arrest,” said Cejas over the phone.
Cejas said Mabalacat police confiscated seven gamefowls, a gaff, cages and P6,560 in cash bets.
The suspects were brought to the community police precinct for further investigation as violation of the Provincial Ordinance 756 is being readied against them.
Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) launched over the weekend the Coronavirus Awareness Response and Empowerment (CARE), a series of socio-civic activities aimed at maximizing the information and education drive against COVID-19.
The CARE project is being cascaded by the Community Affairs Division led by Lt. Colonel Rommel Velasco.
“The program was designed to instill Department of Health protocols and other necessary information on COVID-19 to the different police stations in the mentioned provinces and highly urbanized city. In turn, they will conduct similar activities to barangays within their jurisdiction,” said Velsaco in a statement.
A pilot of the barangay version of CARE was held Wednesday in the town of Maria Aurora in Aurora with about 70 mothers participating. Attendees each received grocery items after the activity.
“We saw the need to address the concern of preventing COVID-19 by reaching out to the community and ensuring that they get the most reliable, timely and accurate information they need to face the current global health crisis,” said Central Luzon police director BGen. Valeriano De Leon.