Bishop hits proliferation of e-sabong

Bishop hits proliferation of e-sabong

By CBCP News

November 30, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A top church official has criticized the proliferation of electronic sabong (cockfighting) or “e-sabong” in the country.

In the midst of the pandemic when various quarantine restrictions were imposed, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan said that allowig e-sabong “has been one of the most disastrous things ever allowed by the government”.

The issue, he said, is a “big deal” because the government trumpets its care about the future of young people and wants to save them from addiction.

“Anyone who associates addiction only with drugs has not really understood the nature of addiction as a mental health issue,” said David, who is assuming his post as the new head of the bishops’ conference.

While the traditional cockfighting is “addictive enough”, he said that electronic cockfight betting “is way much worse” because it is available online.

“Meaning, it can be accessed by anyone—yes, even by kids who have gotten quite used to online activities due to the pandemic,” David said.

The bills legalizing e-sabong and other forms of gambling were recently approved in the House of Representatives.

The applications to grant legislative franchise for e-sabong firms remain pending at the Senate committee on public services.

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