A Facebook video went viral showing six men firing bullets during the New Year’s Eve.
A certain Drew Lutchina, whose real name is Philip Andrew Funtanilla, made the video public on January 1. The said Facebook user also uploaded 24 photos showing the indiscriminate firing, one of which showing a man holding a red plastic dipper filled with spent shells for an M-16 riffle.
The said post has a message that reads, “New Year’s Eve.. Happy New year…Welcome 2015..” It was posted at around 2:54am.
However, Funtanilla’s account can no longer be searched on the said social media and is believed to have been deactivated. The video, however, can be viewed from a gun club page on Facebook as it was successfully reposted there.
The viral video outraged the netizens as they urged the authorities to take legal action on the matter.
In an interview with a TV station, acting PNP chief Leonardo Espina said that they were able to identify the six men as Mark Cabana, Cezar Funtanilla, Jumar Cabreros, Russel Funtanilla, Ian Calixterio, and Philip Funtanilla. They are said to be civilians from Ilocos Sur.
“Kung mapapatunayan natin lahat lahat, mado-dokumento natin, illegal possession of firearms, alarm and scandal, illegal discharge of firearms at lahat ng makikita pa nating kasong pwedeng ipataw sa kanila,” Espina said.
Authorities are also investigating if the indiscriminate firing caused injury or damaged to property.
As of January 4, the PNP has recorded 61 incidents of stray bullets and 43 people injured nationwide during the New Year revelry. Metro Manila has the most number of incidents with Western Visayas trailing behind.
Authorities said that stray bullet incidents of 2014 are higher compared to what has been recorded in 2013.