Police arrested 17 people for illegal gambling over a spider fight in Leganes town, Iloilo on Thursday.
Authorities recovered 14 spiders, P32,080 in alleged bet money, and digital weighing scales.
The arrested persons were from the Bacolod City, Cebu City, and Iloilo.
Senior Insp. Dadje Delima said another derby will be held in Bacolod City. The police believe this is a well-organized activity, especially because many participants from different places are joining.
The suspects declined to give statements.
Police warned the public that spider fighting, especially with money involved, is still considered illegal gambling.