PULILAN, Bulacan — Fifteen carabao race enthusiasts including six minors from the towns of San Rafael, San Ildefonso, Baliwag and Pandi were arrested by Pulilan police operatives on Sunday (July 6) for conducting illegal carabao race.
Pulilan Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo has confirmed that eight race carabaos were also seized and were placed under the care of the municipal veterinarian of Pulilan while the cases against the arrested suspects are being processed and will eventually released to its rightful owners upon presentation of proof of ownerships.
On the other hand, Lt. Col. Jesus Manalo Jr., acting police chief of Pulilan, said that based on initial investigation, intelligence operatives and patrol duty day shift Capt. Reginal Turla were dispatched to Barangay Taal to conduct validation on a report that that illegal carabao race was taking place in the said area.
Manalo said the farm animals and arrested suspects were caught in the act of conducting an illegal carabao race inside Phase 2 Avida Land Subdivision in Barangay Taal in this town Pulilan about 10:30 a.m.
The police chief identified the arrested carabao enthusiasts as Marcial Sulit 65 years old, married, and resident of Brgy Capihan, San Rafael; Gilbert Calderon, 43, married resident of Brgy Bulusukan, San Ildefonso; Joshua Borile, 31, single, and resident of Brgy Pinaod, San Ildefonso; Erwin Manalaysay, married, and Jaime Rose Manalaysay, 26, married both residents of Brgy Calantipay, Baliuag; Mark Jayson Enriquez, 33, and resident of Brgy Dagat-dagatan, San Rafael; Efren Martin, 62, married and resident of Brgy Manatal, Pandi; Manny De Castro, 42, married and resident of Brgy Malibong Matanda, Pandi, and Marvin Salvan, 31, married and resident of Brgy Ulingao, San Rafael, all in Bulacan.
Police recovered eight race carabaos, four carabao race cart, two improvised electric shock and P2,800 bet money.
Manalo added that the six minors aged six to 15 years old were placed under the custody of the municipal social worker department of Pulilan for proper disposition. (RONDA BALITA Online)