Defensor allows return of cockfighting in Iloilo


Cockfighting events will now be allowed, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said.

Defensor, however, reminded enthusiasts that live audiences, online or remote betting, and live broadcast of cockfights are still prohibited.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier authorized local government units to decide whether the operation of licensed cockpits and cockfighting can proceed in their respective localities. (

Defensor lifted the ban on cockfighting following the issuance of Resolution No. 79 by the IATF.

The resolution allowed “operation of licensed cockpits and the conduct of cockfighting activities” in areas under modified general community quarantine or lower.

The governor said he is finalizing an executive order for the resumption of cockfighting-related events.