Atong Ang hits ‘conspiracy’ vs him, online sabong trade
THE Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs led by Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Friday continued its hearing on the disappearance of 31 “sabungeros”.
Gaming consultant Atong Ang attended the hearing and assailed what he called a “conspiracy” against him and his online “sabong” business over the disappearance of the cockfight enthusiasts, and tagged several personalities, including a former national police chief.
Ang owns the Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., which operates three arenas where some of the missing individuals were allegedly last seen.
During the hybrid hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Ang stressed that the committee seemed to have meted out a “guilty verdict” on him and his “e-sabong” firm, when there were other licensees in the field.
“Parang ang Lucky 8, parang inano nyo na na guilty e. Trial by publicity. Papatunayan ko sa inyo na may conspiracy dito. Wala kaming kinalaman diyan, patutunayan ko sa inyo ang conspiracy,” he said.
“Kasi 90 percent sa income ng sabong sa operation, 90 to 95 kami yun, dahil members ko lahat ng big-time sabungero kasi legit talaga na maayos lahat ‘to,” he added.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon pressed Ang to publicly name these licensees who he claimed to be involved in a conspiracy against him.
“Anim kami na magkakakilala rito. Number 1, ako. Number 2, Bong Pineda. Number 3, Cong. Teves, number 4, ‘di ko kilala mga kumpanya nila eh, kay ex-congressman Patrick Antonio. Number 5 kina Mayor Elan. Number 6, kina Gen. Cascolan, class ’86,” Ang said.
Ang also lamented that his e-sabong firm, Lucky 8, is being condemned for the disappearance of the cockfight enthusiasts, which he maintained he has nothing to do with.
“Kukumpletuhin ko ‘to, yung kwentong ‘to para makita niyo yung conspiracy kung bakit, sino ang mga involved dito. ‘Wag po kami i-condemn na guilty kami diyan sa mga nawawala,” he said.
When asked to detail the alleged “conspiracy” against him, the businessman requested an executive session.
Senate committee chairman Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa granted Ang’s request.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, denied that his committee was singling out Ang’s e-sabong company.
“For the record, this committee is not condemning you for the disappearance of the 34 people,” the senator said.