Cockfights without permit, more popularly known as tupada, are common during weekends and holidays in the Philippines.
They are actually rampant in the provinces and most of them are done with the blessing of local officials.
Just recently, 30 men were arrested in Tambo, Lipa City in Batangas after getting caught during a tupada. They were held in custody at the Lucena Police Station.
The authorities also seized their game fowls during the raid. According to the police, they have been monitoring the venue of the tupada for some time before doing the raid.
Cockfight enthusiasts have different reactions regarding the incident. But they mostly agree that it is better to compete in legitimate cockfights than in tupada.