Police in northern Samar province say Lieutenant Christian Bolok was hit by a rooster’s blunder, a metal blade attached to a fighting bird.
The blunder hit Bolok’s femoral artery while he confiscated the bird, police said, adding: “He was rushed to a provincial hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival due to severe blood loss.”
The Philippines has a long history of both legal and illegal fighting, but the sport was banned in the region in August after being identified as a source of Covid-19 infections.
Illegal combat attacks in the country are known as “tupada” and often operate in underground places to avoid detection by the authorities.
“I have a heavy heart because we lost a brother who sacrificed his own life in the name of the service,” North Samar provincial police director Arnel Apud said in a statement sent to the government-run Philippine news agency. “(Philippine National Police) mourns the untimely death of Lieutenant Bolok and expresses its deepest sympathy for his family and relatives.”
Officers confiscated seven roosters and recovered 550 pesos ($ 11).