‘Sabungeros’ want cap off derbies

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Thursday, May 31, 2012


OPERATORS and owners of cockpits in Davao City have petitioned the City Council to remove the cap on cockfights and allow the daily event instead of just Sundays, legal holidays and festivals.

The City Council in its Tuesday session approved on first reading the request of the group of cockpit operators to amend the city's Revenue Code specifically on the provisions that restrict the schedule of cockfights.

The group was referring to the Davao City Ordinance No. 054-03, otherwise known as the 2005 Revenue Code of Davao City. The group also petitioned to include and consolidate all the amendatory provisions of Ordinance Nos. 054, and 084-03, particularly the provisions giving legal basis on the issuance of special permits to hold cockfight in days other than those provided for by the laws.

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The petition was signed by representatives of city's major cockpits including Robert D. Pichon Sr., Buhangin Gallera; Abdulla Aquino, Aquino Gallera; Sammy Uy, Matina Gallera; Eugenio D. Derequito, Toril Gallera and representatives of Mintal and Calinan Gallera.

Among the appeals of the group include the transfer of the authority to issue special permit for requests to hold a special cockfights from the City Council to the City Mayor's Office and that it should be issued anytime.

The group also wants to extend the duration of the special permit from the present three-day period to five days.

The group's remaining requests are: the amendment of the definition of the Special Cockfight Permit, barangay fundraising purposes be included and recognized as a valid purpose, among others.

"Whatever it may worth, allow us to mention that holding of daily cockfights is allowed in major cities in the Philippines," the group said in their petition.

The group lamented that their petition will not only promote legitimate cockfight but also, for them, it will promote entertainment and increase the city's revenue through taxes collected in the operation of the cockpits, among others.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2012.

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