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Duterte’s apology on e-sabong is ‘better late than never,’ senators say

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 12:04 PM June 15, 2022
For some senators, President Rodrigo Duterte’s apology for his “very late” realization of the ill effects of e-sabong or online cockfighting is "better late than never.”

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte in his taped weekly “Talk to the People” that aired on Monday, June 6, 2022. (Photo from an RTVM video posted on Facebook)

MANILA, Philippines—For some senators, President Rodrigo Duterte’s apology for his “very late” realization of the ill effects of e-sabong or online cockfighting is “better late than never.”

Duterte even  received praises from Senators Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa and Joel  Villanueva for his “tenacity” to stop the e-sabong.


“Better late than never!” Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III said in a text message to reporters when sought for comment on Duterte’s apology.

Villanueva echoed Sotto in another text message, “Better late than never. We admire his tenacity to stop e-sabong after meticulously studied the ill effects of this online gambling.”


“Malaking bagay po para sa susunod na henerasyon na naging klaro ang polisiya ng Estado na mas mahalaga ang pag aalaga ang moralidad ng bayan kesa sa kitang ibibigay ng e-sabong. Nalantad rin ill effects na dulot nito na masasabing magdudulot ng irreparable damage sa mga pamilya at buong lipunan,”

Dela Rosa, meanwhile thanked  Duterte  “for finally giving more weight on the social costs brought about by e-sabong than the revenue that the government is collecting from it.”

“It is never too late,” said Dela Rosa, who earlier  led the  probe  on  missing cockfighting aficionados as chairman of the Senate committee on public order.

Duterte earlier rejected lawmakers’ call to  stop the e-sabong operations, saying the government earns P640 million in revenue from  it every month.

But in a speech in Tarlac on Tuesday, the President apologized for his  decision to allow the continued operations of  e-sabong.

Dela Rosa nevertheless expressed readiness to help the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos  should it decide to continue  the e-sabong operations.

“Personally, I am anti gambling but I don’t want to preempt the decision of the incoming admin,” the senator said.

“Should it decide to continue e-sabong operations the Senate is ready to provide the needed legislations in order to have it properly regulated and hopefully minimize the social costs it may bring,” he added.

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