MANILA-A police officer in the Philippines killed a Filipino police officer this week after he was cut off in an attack on an illegal chicken fighting nest to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Lieutenant Christian Bollock, 38, is a member of a group that was suspected of violating the lockdown rules for mass gatherings on Monday. The group landed on an arena in Northern Samar on Monday.
Provincial Police Chief Colonel Cole said: “There was a commotion and the audience walked around. When the dust cleared, Officer Bollock tried to pick up a bird, but he did not notice that the bird was still kicking the spur.”
The fighting rooster usually had a sharp, sharp steel blade attached to its leg called a gaff, and the bird caught by Lieutenant Burlock cut him with a knife.
Colonel Apud continued: “His femoral artery in his left leg was injured and bleeding a lot.” “Within a few minutes, he died. It was a freak accident.”
The officer is a 13-year veteran of the force and the father of three children.
As the country enters the second and third waves of virus transmission, the authorities have been working hard to enforce lockdown and social isolation rules. In New York, the recent “super spreader” event (a wedding and a party) infected 56 people and forced nearly 300 people to be quarantined. In Australia, at a surprising birthday event in the suburbs of Melbourne in July, 16 people violated the coronavirus ban, resulting in huge fines.
In the Philippines, the country has confirmed 375,180 virus cases and 7,114 deaths. Security forces have helped maintain the blockade order.
Cockfighting is an ancient sport, after Spain ruled the island for more than three centuries, before ceding it to the United States in 1898, bullfighting became very popular in the country.
Although the sport has been legalized in many areas, and sometimes sanctions and TV broadcasts are imposed on matches, the government banned the sport and other similar activities in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among large populations.
Investigators are still searching for the owner of the rooster that killed Lieutenant Bollock. The bird was detained by the authorities and held at the police station as evidence.
Three spectators were arrested in the raid and several other birds were confiscated. Colonel Apud said the suspect has been charged with illegal gambling and may be released soon.
He said: “We are still investigating.” “But, at least in the deaths of our officials, someone must be charged with homicide.” He added: “The irony is that one sees a lot of crimes against crime. People who behave well will be killed by cockfighting.”
Colonel Ysmael Yu, a spokesman for the national police, said it may be difficult to eradicate bloody campaigns in illegal places, especially in remote areas.
“Despite the enforcement of the ban, are there still people doing this work? The answer is yes, because people are inherently evil.” Colonel Yu said.
Ashley Fruno, the head of the campaign for the “Persons Ethical to Animals” region, said that the official’s death should be a “wake-up call”, which is cruel to the Philippine authorities and the public. .
She added: “The world has developed and the times are changing rapidly.” “It’s time for the Philippines to give up the cruel cockfight.”