A viral video of a shooting incident which reportedly took place in Caloocan City turned out to have occurred in India, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.
Eleazar ordered an investigation of the shooting incident which was uploaded by an irresponsible netizen on Facebook and later became viral.
However, the Quezon City Police District Anti-Cybercrime Team said that its investigation showed that there was really no such shooting incident in Caloocan City, in short it was a fake video.
Instead, the investigation showed that the shooting incident took place in Delhi’s Dwarka, India last May 19 and involved gang members who are locked in a deadly war with their rivals. Two Indian gangmen were killed during the recent incident, one of them summarily executed by the other who was later killed in a gunbattle with a responding policeman.
The video uploaded made it appear the shooting incident seemed to have been taken in a busy Metro Manila street alarming authorities and some netizens. However, it eventually turned out to have occurred in India based on actual reports from the Indian press and the plate number of the motorcycle seen in the video as well as a sign posted at the scene.
The word ‘DICS’ seen on a tarpaulin near the scene also turned out to be an advertisement for Delh Institute of Computer Science.
Also noticebale was the plate number of the motorcycle seen in the video which is attached at the front of the vehicle unlike in the country where motorcycle license plates are placed at the rear part of the motorbike.
Eleazar called on netizens to be responsible and avoid spreading unverified videos which will surely affect the reputation of the country.
“May mga iresponsableng netizens na forward lang nang forward ng natatanggap na message or video kahit ‘di nila alam kung totoo.”