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Fighting cock kills police officer in Philippines raid

Fighting cock kills police officer as blade attached to its leg slices an artery in cop’s leg during raid in the Philippines

  • Lieutenant Christian Bolok died at a cock fight raid in Northern Samar yesterday
  • The police officer picked up a rooster and its fighting spur sliced his leg open
  •  Cock fighting has been banned in the Philippines during the Covid-19 pandemic

A Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster’s blade sliced an artery in his leg.

The freak accident happened yesterday in Northern Samar when Lieutenant Christian Bolok picked up a fighting cock as he gathered evidence at the illegal event.

Its bladed spur struck the femoral artery in his left thigh and he bled to death, provincial police chief Colonel Arnel Apud said. 

Cockfighting, or ‘tupada’, is a popular blood sport in the Philippines where money is bet on the outcome of a fight between two birds armed with bladed spurs, known as ‘gaffs’.

Police officer Lieutenant Christian Bolok was killed yesterday during a police raid on a cockfight in Northern Samar, the Philippines, after a rooster’s blade sliced his femoral artery

The lethal sport has been banned along with other sporting and cultural events during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent crowds from gathering.

Mr Apud said: ‘It was an unfortunate accident and a piece of bad luck that I cannot explain.

‘I could not believe it when it was first reported to me. 

‘This is the first time in my 25 years as a policeman that I lost a man due to a fighting cock’s spur.’ 

 Cockfighting is a popular blood sport in the Philippines where money is bet on the outcome of a fight, often to the death, between two birds armed with bladed spurs (stock image)

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the police chief said: ‘I have a heavy heart as we have lost a brother who sacrificed his own life in the name of service. 

‘The PNP grieves the untimely death of Lieutenant Bolok and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and relatives.’

The Northern Samar Police Provincial Office said: ‘The Northern Samar Police Provincial Office grieves with the sudden death of Lieutenant Christian Bolok, officer in-charge of San Jose Municipal Police Station who paid ultimate sacrifice in the name of service.’

Three people were arrested and two fighting cocks seized along with two sets of spurs in the raid in San Jose town where Lieutenant Bolok was the police chief.

In August, the Northern Samar provincial government issued a warning against illegal cockfighting after four people at a fight tested positive for coronavirus (stock image)

Police also identified three other suspects who have not been arrested. 

Officer confiscated seven fighting cocks, two sets of fighting spurs and PHP 550 (£8.74) in bet money.

In August, the Northern Samar provincial government issued a warning against illegal cockfighting after four people at a fight tested positive for coronavirus.

Before the health crisis, the blood sport was allowed only in licensed cockpits during Sundays and legal holidays and during local fiestas for not more than three days. 

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