Is our present law governing cockfighting not enough to protect it?
MALACAŅANGPRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 449 May 9, 1974
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COCKFIGHTING LAW OF 1974WHEREAS, cockfighting has been and still is a popular, traditional and customary form of recreation and entertainment among Filipinos during legal holidays, local fiestas, agricultural, commercial and industrial fairs, carnivals or expositions;
WHEREAS, by reason of the aforestated meaning and connotation of cockfighting in relation to filipino customs and traditions, it should neither be exploited as an object of commercialism or business enterprise, nor made a tool of uncontrolled gambling, but more as a vehicle for the preservation and perpetuation of native Filipino heritage and thereby enhance our national identity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby decree and order to be part of the laws of the land, the following:
Sec 1. Title. This Decree shall be known as the "Cockfighting Law of 1974".
Section 2. Scope. This law shall govern the establishment, operation, maintenance and ownership of cockpits.
Section 3. Declaration of Policy. It is hereby declared a policy of the government to insure within the framework of the New Society maximum development and promotion of wholesome recreation and amusement to bring about the following goals: