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Duterte apologizes for late realization on ill effects of e-sabong

/ 07:12 PM June 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte apologized on Tuesday for his late realization of the ill effects of e-sabong or online cockfighting.

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“Kaya ‘yung e-sabong, I’m sorry I did not really realize that it would be like—akala ko kasi ‘yung ano—the moving factor there was naimberna kasi ako P640 million a month tapos so many billions a year because marami nag-o-operate,” he during the inspection of the National Academy of Sports in Tarlac.

(With the e-sabong, I’m sorry I did not really realize that it would be like—I thought—the moving factor there was P640 million a month, and many billions a year because many firms were operating.)

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“Kaya ’yun ang naano ko, I realized very late and I am very sorry that it had to happen. Hindi ko akalain na ganu’n, hindi naman ako nagsusugal. I do not gamble. I do not drink anymore, only water,” he added.

(I realized very late and I am very sorry that it had to happen. I did not think that it is like that, I do not gamble. I do not drink anymore, only water.)

READ: 23 senators ask Malacañang, Pagcor to suspend e-sabong operations

Despite earlier calls to halt the activity amid the disappearances of e-sabong enthusiasts, the president did not immediately order to halt its operations as it generates P640 million in revenues per month.

READ: Duterte lets e-sabong operations go on, says gov’t gets P640M a month from it

He then ordered to stop e-sabong operations in May following the recommendation of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, citing its social impact on the public.

Based on a survey conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, 62 percent of the over 8,000 respondents wanted to end e-sabong, 34 percent favored the activity but with stricter regulation, and four percent fully backed it.

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READ: Duterte stops ‘e-sabong,’ cites survey by DILG

Respondents who opposed e-sabong cited “addiction to gambling, bankruptcy of players, indebtedness, cost to family, neglect of work and studies, and crime” as reasons why they want to halt the activity.

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