The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority said it has not issued any license to any entity for the operation of online cockfighting inside or outside the special economic zone, and anyone engaged in such activity is violating the anti-illegal gambling law and subject to arrest and prosecution.
Secretary Raul Lambino said that since he took over CEZA in mid-2017 as administrator and CEO, he has totally disallowed all forms of “online sabong” or “e-sabong” and illegal gambling emanating from inside the economic zone.
“We have put a stop to online sabong, and any company claiming to have a valid license from CEZA to operate must know that they face arrest, investigation and prosecution by the proper law-enforcement authorities,” he said.
CEZA has two authorized master licensors in the economic zone, and both also categorically denied having anything to do in facilitating the operation of online cockfighting.
He urged the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police to arrest those claiming to have bogus CEZA licensees to operate online sabong activities.