By Junex Doronio
PRIMARILY CONCERNED about the health and safety of her constituents, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the ban on cockfighting activities or “sabong” remains in the country’s largest city.
The spunky mayor announced this on Friday, October 16, during her regular live radio interview via 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio, saying the decision is not Covid-19-related but a personal direction and policy of the city administration despite an earlier recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow these activities in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
“Nagsulti na ta daan na mag-move ta na i-cancel ang mga permits sa sabungan sa (Davao) city. Dili ni related sa Covid-19, but a personal direction and policy sa atoang city administration (We announced before that we are already moving for the cancellation of permits of all cockpits and the conduct of cockfighting activities in Davao City. This is not Covid-19 related but a personal directive and policy of the city administration),” Duterte-Carpio stressed.
She disclosed that the permits are currently being revoked by the city at the City’s Business Bureau.
In a resolution last Thursday, the IATF underscored that the local government units shall have the final decision on whether cockfighting activities can proceed in their areas.
Duterte-Carpio had prohibited cockfighting since the city was under community quarantine in late March this year.
She also previously advised the cockfighters who were appealing to allow their activities to do their business outside the city where they are permitted.
It can be recalled that one of the sources of the Covid-19 infection in Mindanao was at a cock derby on March 7, 10, and 12, at the New Davao Matina Gallera.
This prompted Duterte-Carpio and the majority of the 19th City Council to have a consensus to make the city gambling-free. (ia)