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Online cockfighting surge in the Philippines sees billions wagered monthly

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  • Cockfighting, the bloodsport that pits two roosters to fight to the death, is generating over a billion dollars in revenue for licensed operators.
  • Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., which hosts round-the-clock matches, attracts about 60 billion pesos (approximately $1.16 billion) in monthly bets.
  • A scandal involving the disappearance of 34 rooster handlers has attracted public scrutiny and prompted a legislative inquiry into the Philippine Senate.
  • Filipino legislators recommended a temporary suspension of cockfighting, which President Duterte rejected.
  • The government-owned corporation that authorizes gambling in the country, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp, reportedly collects as much as 640 million pesos (approximately $12.2 million) per month from licensed cockfighting operators.

Cockfighting has now become a billion-dollar industry in the Philippines months after going online. 

Considered taboo and illegal in many countries, the bloodsport that pits two roosters to fight to the death is a popular pastime dating back hundreds of years in the country.

Asian American Celebrities Call Out Republicans for Voting Against Bill Condemning Anti-Asian Hate

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Several Asian American celebrities and personalities have called out the 164 Republicans who voted against legislation that condemned anti-Asian hate crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voicing out: Celebrities and online personalities, including Hollywood actor Daniel Dae Kim, Philip Wang of Wongfu Productions, actor/producer Brian Yang and writer Celeste Ng, took to social media to call out the Republicans who voted no on the resolution.

Ted Lieu, 149 Congress Members Urge DOJ to Condemn Anti-Asian Discrimination Amid Pandemic

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California Congressman Ted Lieu, along with 149 members of Congress, is urging Attorney General William Barr to condemn anti-Asian discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call to action: The 51-year-old politician, who represents California’s 33rd Congressional District, wrote and sent a joint letter on July 20 to the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Bong Joon-ho Was Once Blacklisted in South Korea for His ‘Liberal’ Films

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Bong Joon-ho, the Academy Award-winning director of “Parasite,” was reportedly blacklisted by the South Korean government four years ago for being too liberal.

Bong, along with his two other “Parasite” collaborators, actor Song Kang-ho and producer Miky Lee, were included on the list of 9,000 artists the South Korean government blacklisted in 2016, according to an op-ed by Korea expert S. Nathan Park in The Washington Post via Insider.

Michigan City Worker No Longer Employed After Leaving Racist Facebook Comment Mocking Muslim Model

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A part-time surveyor for the city of Dearborn, Michigan, is no longer working for the city as a result of the backlash he received for posting a racist comment on WXYZ Detroit’s Facebook post of a Muslim woman featured on Sports Illustrated.

The man in question, identified as Bill Larion, left a comment on the news channel’s Facebook post that says: “Cute picture should be on the cover Camels are us.”

U.S. May Open Immigrant Detainment Facility Near Former WW2 Japanese Concentration Camp

The Department of Health & Human Services recently visited two government-owned sites in Arkansas that are believed to be near a concentration camp in Rohwer that was once used during World War II where many Japanese-Americans were imprisoned.

The purpose of this visit is to determine if whether these sites can be used as an immigrant detention facility, which came just a few hours after United States President Donald Trump backtracked his “zero-tolerance” policy and allow families who were caught crossing the U.S. Mexico border to be together.