Police arrested a 19-year-old student in Maco town, Davao de Oro, Monday night after allegedly failing to pay P561,000 for online sabong.
Based on the Maco Municipal Police Station report, the supervisor of Bong Fours Isobel Online Gaming Place sought police assistance.
According to Maco Police, this is an incident of swindling or estafa.
Police are already preparing the documents for the corresponding criminal case to be filed against Suelto.
Meanwhile, a man under the name “Roman” lost P1 million also due to online sabong.
Roman first studied the process by betting P600 on online cockfighting, which later reached P6,000.
“‘Yung sampu, nanalo ng P9,000, P19,000 totodo ko. Hanggang sa ‘pag nanalo ulit, rolling-rolling, kaya umabot ng P1 million ‘yon yung P10,000,” he said.
But it didn’t take long for him to win P1 million.
He used to think that he could stop gambling, but he also returned to online cockfighting because he wanted to help his friend.
He again bet P10,000 and won. He then could no longer stop betting. But, unfortunately, he also lost the P300,000 of his wife, who is a teacher.
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According to a psychologist, gambling addiction is a condition that can be treated.
“An [addiction] happens when a person is so invested in one thing which has become uncontrollable and is beginning to damage your relationships with your family and others. It can also affect your job since you’re just focused on that one thing—in this case, gambling,” said a psychologist.
According to PCSO general manager Royina Garma, the online sabong has become rampant due to quarantine restrictions.
According to reports, cock derbies are being operated on private farms and uploaded online for online betting.
The PCSO manager said they are yet to recover from what they lost during the five-month suspension of lottery games in 2020.