Officials said Wednesday that a police chief in the Philippines was killed by a rooster in a freak accident during a raid to disrupt illegal cockfighting.
The Governor of Northern Samar Province, Edwin Ongchuan, said that on Monday, Lieutenant Christian Bollock, the chief of the San Jose Police Department, cut the femoral artery with a sharp blade in the village of Madugon. The blade is called g wire, which is cut into strands.
Weng Chuan told the Associated Press: “He tried to confiscate the rooster, but the problem is that the blade of the rooster may be entangled in poison.
He added that the police tried to slow the blood loss by tying a cloth tightly around Brock̵
Three farmers who participated in the illegal struggle were arrested and three other farmers were sought.
Officials said the authorities seized seven roosters, a pair of crooks, and 550 pesos-about $10-in cash.
The police have been cracking down on illegal cockfighting because people accused these gatherings of helping spread the coronavirus in the central provinces.
Ongchuan and local governments praised Bolok’s work in implementing safeguards against coronavirus infection.
Weng Chuan, who provided financial assistance to the Bollock family, said: “We have lost such a diligent and selfless military officer who paid his life for the enforcement of our community quarantine regulations. This makes us sad.
According to CNN, North Samar Police Chief Arnel Apud expressed grief over Bollock’s death.
Apud said in a statement: “I have a heavy heart because we have lost a brother who sacrificed his life in the name of service.” “(Philippine National Police) feels sad for the premature death of Lieutenant Bollock. And express his deepest sympathy to his family and relatives.”
He told AFP: “When I first reported to me, I couldn’t believe it. This was the first time I became a policeman in 25 years. I lost a man due to the thrill of cockfighting.”
Bolok’s police force posted photos of a memorial service for the officer.
Cockfighting (known as “tupada”) is a popular gambling activity in many parts of the Philippines.
Some of them have been licensed, but many are illegal, although all such incidents are now banned as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
The Philippines has recorded more than 375,000 infections, the second highest infection in Southeast Asia, with at least 7,114 deaths.