Laguna police chief sacked amid probe on missing cockfight enthusiasts

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — The Laguna Police provincial director was administratively relieved from his post after he was implicated in the case of missing cockfight enthusiasts.

The Philippine National Police on Wednesday said Col. Rogarth Campo was preemptively sacked after his name was mentioned by gaming tycoon Atong Ang in the Senate investigation into the 34 missing cockfight enthusiasts.

Ang, vice president of Lucky 8 Star Quest, claimed that Campo received P1 million from him for the renovation of the Laguna Police headquarters.

"Ang kaniyang administrative relief is to give way to the ongoing investigation para walang insinuation na may influence itong opisyal sa ginagawang investigation ng PNP relating sa missing sabungeros and revelation ni Mr. Atong Ang sa donation niya na P1 million na allegedly ay tinanggap ni Col. Rogarth Campo," spokesperson PCol Jean Fajardo said in a media briefing.

[Translation: His administrative relief is to give way to the ongoing investigation so there will be no insinuation that he is influencing the PNP investigation into the missing cockfight enthusiasts. It was also because of the revelation of Mr. Atong Ang that Col. Rogarth Campo allegedly received P1 million from him.]

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Kidnapping and illegal detention charges have been filed against the eight suspects allegedly involved in the disappearance of 34 cockfight enthusiasts. They have been missing since April 2021.