Launching the BBC on Wednesday (28/10/2020), Lieutenant Christine Bolok was hit by a spur attack from Rooster, a razor-sharp steel knife that is usually mounted on the complaint chicken leg.
The knife slashed into Bolok’s left thigh, precisely cutting into his femoral artery. He was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
In fact, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Philippine government implemented a policy to ban cockfighting activities.
According to the state news agency The Philippine News Agency (PNA), before the coronavirus pandemic, cockfights were only allowed in specially licensed rooms, and could only be held on Sundays and official holidays, as well as during local parties, which lasted a maximum of 3 days.
Provincial police chief Colonel Arnel Apud told the AFP news agency that Bolok’s accident was a “misfortune”, calling it “an unexplainable bad luck”.
“I couldn’t believe it when I first got the report. This is the first time in my 25 years as a policeman I have lost a man to fighting cock spurs,” said Apud.
The police chief also sent “deepest sympathy” to the victims’ families, said PNA.
Three people were arrested and 7 fighting roosters, two sets of spurs and 550 Philippine pesos (Rp. 166,466) were confiscated, PNA reported.
Meanwhile, there are still 3 suspects who are fugitives.
Cockfighting is very popular in the Philippines, usually attracting large numbers of people betting on the outcome of the fights between the cocks.
This article has been published on Kompas.com with the title “A Policeman Killed by a Chicken in Raid in the Philippines”