Former Mayors Face Raps Over Illegal Cockfighting

Former mayors Fe Sudario-Renomeron of Burauen, Leyte and Galicano Atup of Ubay, Bohol were accused of violating Presidential Decree 449 or the Cockfighting Law of 1974.

They were charged by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Renomeron was charged with two counts for criminally allowing cockfighting in her municipality during the days that are not legal holidays, Sundays, or local fiestas. Also facing charges were municipal council members David Alcober, Felipe Coral Jr., Antonio Tan, Luis Marlon Torres, Benoni Pocpoc, Ed Gabriel Guimba, and Roger Serdoncillo.

In the first count for violation of Section 5(d) of Presidential Decree 449, prosecutors said the officials passed a municipal resolution allowing the Burauen Games and Amusement Corp. to hold regular cockfights in the municipality on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in 2008.

In the second count, the officials again approved a municipal resolution to allow the conduct of a special cockfight every Wednesday from April 2008 onwards except for the month of May.

Meanwhile, Atup was accused along with his vice mayor Nelson Uy; municipal council members Efren Tanjay, Victor Bonghanoy, Isidore Besas, Sabiniano Atupan and Eustaquio Bacolod; barangay captain Merlinda Gallego; barangay kagawads Rod Arthur Cañete, Alan Mendez, Letecia Bunado, Constantina Villasan, Antonio Cutamora, Johnny Lim Garces; and treasurer Arme Taan.

Prosecutors accused them of taking advantage of their position to approve the conduct of a cockfighting event from November 2013 to January 2014 at the Union Cultural and Sports Center, which turned out to be an unlicensed cockpit.

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