Kahit walang subpoena: E-Sabong kingpin Atong Ang drops by NBI amid deepening probe into 34 missing sabungeros

By Nancy Carvajal
Bilyonaryo gambling tycoon Charlie “Atong” Ang paid a surprise visit to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters Thursday (March 10) and appealed for fairness as it investigates the disappearance of 34 cockfighting enthusiasts.
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No subpoena had been issued for Ang but he went to the bureau’s headquarters with an abogado, said NBI Director 3 Emeterio Dongallo Jr.
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“He just showed up. Ang said he will provide documents when needed and promised to cooperate in the investigation. He appealed for a fair investigation,” Dongallo said.
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Ang attended the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs’ investigation on e-sabong last week. He was invited by senators over reports that some of the missing sabungeros were last seen in the cockpit arenas he operates.
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The controversial e-sabong kingpin owns Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., which operates Pitmasters Live, an online portal which accepts online cockfighting bets and streams cockfights.
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Sources at the NBI said agents have been in touch with witnesses who know about the alleged abduction of 34 cockfighting enthusiasts.
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Dongallo declined to comment on the NBI’s involvement with the witnesses, but said their statements and background will be validated.
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Ang claimed there was a “conspiracy” to pin him down for the cockfighting enthusiasts’ disappearance since he corners 90 percent of the e-sabong business.
The businessman revealed that he earns P3 billion monthly from online cockfighting bets.