Cockfighting is gamecock farming and sports.
“Cockfighting Is An Individual Liberty.”
– UNOFC Principle #3
“Cockfighting Is An Industry.”
– UNOFC Principle #7
Legalize Liberty. Stop Oppression. Vote Choice. Be Secular. For Human Rights and Humanity!
“… separation between church and State.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT.
January. 1, 1802
You may want to read Thomas Jefferson’s Greatest Achievement from United Nations of Cockfighting.
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- Sectarianism, according to one definition, is bigotry, discrimination, or hatred arising from attaching importance to perceived differences between subdivisions within a group, such as between different denominations of a religion, etc.
- Secularism is the principle of separation of government institutions, and the persons mandated to represent the State, from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from governmental imposition of religion upon the people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief.
– Gameness til the End
2016 Candelaria International 7-Cock Derby & 5-Cock Clean-up Derby
- 29 JAN to 06 FEB 2016
- Iloilo Coliseum, Jaro, Iloilo City
- Covered by PanaySabong.com
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Filipino: lit. New Patriotic Alliance) or Bayan is an alliance of militant organizations. It was founded on International Workers’ Day, May 1, 1985 as part of the opposition during the Marcos dictatorship. Bayan was founded by political activist Leandro Alejandro and former senator Lorenzo Tañada. It brought together more than a thousand grassroots and progressive organizations, representing over a million people, largely national democratic. since 1998, Bayan Muna, the political party of the organization, has been the leading party-list member in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. After the 2007 elections, and the death of Anakpawis representative Crispin Beltran, Bayan now has five combined representatives in the 14th Congress of the Philippines, Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño of Bayan Muna, Rafael V. Mariano of Anakpawis, and Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of GABRIELA. In the 2010 elections Bayan has 7 congressmen in the lower house. Including Raymond Palatino, Neri Colmenares, Luzviminda Iligan. During the 2013 Philippine Elections, all of the partylists except for Aking Bikolnon ran for sectoral representatives. Kalikasan and Courage were disqualified while Kabataan and Piston faced charges of disqualifications, but were subsequently lifted. Bayan Muna and Gabriela won two seats each, seating Neri Colminares and Carlos Zarate for Bayan Muna and Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus for Gabriela. Meanwhile, ACT, Anakpawis and Kabataan won 1 seat each, with Antonio Tinio, Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap and Terry Ridon as their representatives, respectively.
Iloilo City, officially the City of Iloilo, is a highly urbanized city on Panay island in the Philippines. It is the capital city of the province of Iloilo and is also the regional center of the Western Visayas region as well as the center of the Iloilo-Guimaras Metropolitan Area. In the 2010 census, Iloilo City had a population of 424,619 with a 1.8% population annual growth rate. For the metropolitan area, the total population is 878,621. Iloilo City is bordered by the towns of Oton in the west, Pavia in the north, Leganes in the northeast and the Iloilo Strait in its eastern and southern coastline. The city was a conglomeration of former towns, which are now the geographical districts consisting of: Jaro (an independent city-before), Molo, La Paz, Mandurriao, Villa Arevalo, and Iloilo City Proper. The district of Lapuz, a former part of La Paz, was declared a separate district in 2008.
Jaro is one of the seven districts of Iloilo City, in the province of Iloilo, on the island of Panay, in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is a former separate city that lends its name to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro, which covers the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras and is the metropolitan see of Western Visayas and Negros Occidental province in Negros Island Region, before it merged with Iloilo City when it was incorporated during the American administration in the Philippines. Jaro is the largest of all districts of Iloilo City. The district of La Paz was a former part of Jaro before it became separated. The Jaro annual Catholic Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of the Candles), the patron of the whole Western Visayas and Negros Occidental in Negros Island Region, which is held every February 2 is well known in the Philippines.
June 10, 2015 03:52 AM
By: Rex Sorza
TWO cockpits for the entire city is not enough, says Councilor Lyndon Acap, because barangay folks and cockfighting aficionados who are living far from these two arenas had to prostrate themselves in traveling to Mandurriao or Jaro just to enjoy the derbies of cocks and the winnings they might pocket.
These two cockpits can’t accommodate all those who want to have derbies such as the barangays celebrating their fiestas. Acap thinks one in each of the seven districts of the city is ideal. And he wants that wish formalized through an ordinance.
With cockpits scattered around the city, the chairperson of the City Council’s Committee on Games, Amusement and Professional Sports hopes to put a stop to the operation of unlicensed cockpits and the seasonal “pauwak” as these do not bring revenues to the city.
If there are licensed cockpits, he argues, the cockfights will be monitored and taxes would be generated by the city treasury. All these because he wants to preserve a tradition that dates back to hundreds and hundreds of years ago.
In essence, Acap thought it is best to bring the cockpits near the people, much like the way social services are designed, while helping in tax collection. Accessibility after all is one tenet of good urban governance. He wants the Ilonggos to enjoy the derbies more conveniently.
Acap rarely gets the attention of news media covering the City Hall. Once, he was mentioned when his daughter was to assume the top post in the Traffic Management and Traffic Regulation Office.
At that time, he helped parry criticisms that his daughter did not have the experience and expertise plus wisdom to lead the agency tasked with managing the road congestion and implementing traffic ordinances. When his daughter was criticized months after assumption into office for inefficiency, he took the stand and recited the apprehensions made by the traffic auxiliaries to show that his daughter is doing her job.
Acap is not as eloquent either unlike his “Voltes 5″ co-members, that maybe the reason why he has not been heard that much. But his novel idea about putting up cockpits in all the districts has made his name a buzzword these days.
The local Catholic Church came out aloud with its view that cockfighting is gambling and gambling is immoral. The proposed ordinance, therefore, the Church says, that would pave the way for the construction of a cockpit in each district in the city is morally wrong. It said that by bringing cockpits to the districts, is akin to bringing temptation much accessible to the people.
Fathers, instead of using their money to buy food, will place bets with the hope of gaining more than what they already have, the Church argues. It has led to marital and financial problems, and, just like any form of gambling, would remain to be so.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan also joined the debate siding with the Church and argued that instead of pushing for such a legislative piece, Acap should pay attention to more serious issues that abound. Bayan also said that instead of helping the ordinary folks earn, gambling would just impoverish the already poor people.
Acap, however, is unperturbed. He argued that cockfighting is legal and has been there for ages. He called for a public hearing but no church people showed up. Msgr. Meliton Oso, the fiery critic of the ordinance who heads the Social Action Center of the archdiocese, said he did not get any invitation to the hearing.
Acap must have readied an argument for the Church people to answer had they been present:
The biggest cockfighting event in this part of the country is even held every Candelaria, the biggest religious feast of Jaro, so what’s the fuss?
Acap is not skirting his desire to get his proposal passed. He said he will not hold any public hearing anymore. Once was enough and it is the bad of those against it if they did not attend.
He may have a point but the idea he is so passionately pushing is a want that in the intelligent order of things should be attended to last. He must prioritize other pieces of legislation that would answer the needs of his constituency.
To my mind, Acap must push measures that will etch a mark of his image as a well-meaning if not intelligent legislator. I am not aware of an ordinance that sets aside cash reward for athletes who bring home medals from national competitions. Maybe he can start with that as head of the games, amusement and sport committee. Iloilo athletes would then have more inspiration and motivation to excel and win.
As chair of the health, sanitation and hospital services committee, he should push for the giving away of toilet bowls to each and every household as there are many households which don’t have this basic facility. He should even pass an ordinance that mandates all restaurants to provide free safe drinking water to their customers. He can even set aside budget for the setting up and maintenance of drinking fountains in public schools. There are a lot of needs-based legislation that he can craft as there remains a lot of gaps in our city.
Acap and his colleagues in the city legislature will be judged by the people through their performance—how they argue for or against a piece of legislation—and for the local laws that they put forth and pass. Ultimately the voting public will decide whether Acap is right or wrong on this issue of cockpits.
But in getting the ordinance approved may he seriously bear in mind what the Marcos-era Cockfighting Law of 1974 says, that cockfighting “should neither be exploited as an object of commercialism or business enterprise, nor made a tool of uncontrolled gambling, but more as a vehicle for the preservation and perpetuation of native Filipino heritage and thereby enhance our national identity.”
If Acap wants to his Cockpits Ordinance to be his legacy, so be it. For the people will forever remember that there was once a legislator, the gentleman from Arevalo, honorable Lyndon Varona Acap, who dealt with a frigid problem about cocks, fighting cocks.