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Zarate to Ban Cockfighting in the Philippines a Hoax

News that Bayan Muna Party List Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate, is proposing a bill that would ban cockfighting in the Philippines, is making round on social media, especially on Facebook.

The story that went viral was first seen on Trendolizer, a viral monitor site, on Monday night.

A quick research revealed that the news is a made-up story by a blog that is known to fabricate hoaxes and the main source of humorous and unbelievable contents.

Cockfighting in the Philippines

The story, however, was shared by several pro-Duterte Facebook groups, making the news becoming viral.

The news says Carlos Isagani Zarate was angry after losing some ₱850,000 in a local derby. His game fowl handler then resigned after all of their fighting cocks intended to enter the 2018 World Slasher Cup, were lost.

The story also said that Zarate loses all of his money to Team Pacquiao. Although Pacquiao engaged in cockfighting before, several sources say the Senator had long been abandoned his cockfighting addiction, proving the story false.

After the loss, Zarate reportedly plans to propose a bill banning cockfighting in the whole country as it can destroy families and can result in a big loss. The plan seems good but it far from reality.

The news, however, seems impossible to cockfighting enthusiasts as cockfighting in the Philippine is the biggest legal gambling and its market costs billions of pesos.

Several game fowl farm owners in the Philippines involved prominent people including businessmen and politicians, and creating a bill banning the said game is far from reality.

 
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