NBI bucks Nueva Ecija fiscal’s dismissal of probe vs e-sabong ops

The National Bureau of Investigation will appeal the decision of a prosecutor in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija to strike down a raid against an illegal online sabong operation despite a search warrant issued by the court.

“We are filing a motion why the prosecutor dismissed our recommendation to prosecute illegal online gambling operators, when the questions he posed where the same grounds we presented to the trial court judge who issued the search warrant which should have been given weight,’ according to the NBI agent on case, Waldy Palattao.

A November resolution signed by prosecutor Efren Clint Mallare Jr recommended the dismissal of the case against the subject of the SW – Platinum Cockers Club (PCC) “for lack of probable cause’’.

“Noteworthy, is the fact that although the respondents were named their particular participation during the conduct of the alleged illegal gambling activity was not mentioned in fact not a single identification card showing they are employees of Platinum Cockers Club.’’

During the raid on September 2021 at Mavin events center in Nueva Ecija, seven technical people were apprehended and more than a hundred bettors were apprehended inside the cockfight venue.

Mallare said that the technical people as respondents of the NBI case were not employees of Platinum Cockers Club, but of Philippine Cockfighting International Incorporated (PCII).

The NBI agent said that as a practice, online sabong company uses brand names which are more popular in their online presentation.

“It bears stressing that PCC is the brand name of PCII and PC11 has not been issued a permit to commence operation,’’ the NBI said.

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