Ex-Mayor of Leyte Jails for Illegal Cockfight

Charita Chan, the former mayor of Babatngon, Leyte was sentenced by the Sandiganbayan in relation to allowing weekly cockfight during the Liga ng mga Barangay in April 2012.

He will spend six to seven years in prison. Sandiganbayan sentenced Chan “guilty beyond reasonable doubt.” From there on, he will be barred from entering public office.

“Thus, it was undoubtedly irregular for the accused to grant a Mayor’s Permit to the Liga ng mga Barangay ‘to hold cockfight at the Barangay District III, Babatngon, Leyte, every Saturday’ to which it is not legally entitled,” the decision read.

Barangay officials are not allowed to hold cockfight event, based on the Local Government Code of 1991.

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