MANILA, Philippines – Gamblers, beware.
Two days before Rizal Day, Malacañang reminded the public that cockfighting, horse-racing and jai-alai are prohibited every 30th Day of December each year in honor of the death of national hero Jose Rizal.
If only for a day, Filipinos should refrain from engaging in such activities to avoid fines of up to P200 or impisonment of up to 6 months, as outlined in Republic Act No. (RA) 229.
Take note: there are additional punishments if the violator happens to be a mayor.
RA 229 states that a mayor is tasked to head a committee that will “take charge of the proper observance of Rizal Day Celebration of each year.” If caught disobeying the ban, he or she can be suspended from office for up to a month.
Meanwhile, all Philippine flags must also be lowered to half-mast on December 30.
The Spaniards executed Rizal in Bagumbayan (now Luneta Park) on December 30, 1896.
RA 229 has been in effect since 1948. – Rappler.com
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