Video of SM Pampanga shooting involving two teenage boys sparks online outrage

GMA News Online reports that many netizens are reacting with shock and outrage to an amateur video that was taken moments after the September 20 SM Pampanga shooting incident involving two minors-boys aged 13 and 16 years old.

GMA News Online reports that many netizens are reacting with shock and outrage to an amateur video that was taken moments after the September 20 SM Pampanga shooting incident involving two minors-boys aged 13 and 16 years old.  The video was uploaded on YouTube. GMA News Online chose not to post the video due to its disturbing nature.

 

The video, which lasts for two minutes and 58 seconds, shows the 13-year-old rolling on his side and twitching his legs. The 16 year-old beside him lay motionless as police and security personnel surrounded the area. At some point, a man with a digital camera went near them to take pictures. Netizens reacted to the fact that nobody came to the aid of the two boys throughout the video.

 

However, according to the report, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that "the video doesn’t show the whole story. " In an interview on GMA-7’s News To Go, PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome,  explained, "Hindi pwede yung lalapit na lang kung sinu-sino kung hindi ka trained to handle such a situation. Wag na lang, baka lalong makasama dun sa biktima (You can’t allow just anybody to approach, especially if they’re not trained to handle such a situation. Better not [have people come near], it might aggravate the victims’ condition)."

 

Bartolome also pointed out: "Nakapagresponde naman sila ng mabuti... (Kaso) hindi ho kasi nakita ng mga tao. Yung first part lang ang pinapakita sa video, parang wala. Naputol yung video eh, hindi pinakita na pulis na rin at security guard ang bumuhat (sa biktima at) dinala pa rin sa ospital (They were able to respond adequately but people didn’t get to see it. It’s only the first part that was shown in the video, as if there wasn’t any action. The video was cut, it didn’t show the police and security guard carrying the victims to the hospital)."

 

However, Bartolome’s explanation has not stopped netizens from expressing their own-often enraged-opinions.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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