The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday warned vendors in Quiapo area in Manila to stop selling optical dics or DVDs containing the viral videos of the January 25 Mamasapano encounter wherein some members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force were shot and killed at close range.
NBI Director Virgilio Mendez said he had directed the bureau’s regional and district heads to confiscate the DVDs being sold to the public.
“We would like to appeal to our brothers to stop selling these videos in the market. It is not good… for children to see them,” he said in a news conference.
Mendez said there is a series of videos about the Mamasapano firefight wherein 44 members of PNP-SAF were mercilessly killed.
Over the weekend, some discs were found being sold in Iligan City, Lanao del Sur.
The NBI office in the city immediately acted and confiscated copies of the DVD contaning the viral video, which was first shown on YouTube, but was eventually taken down after some sectors complained of the brutal manner of killing some members of the Special Action Force.
Police went to Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province to serve warrants of arrest against Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, and Filipino terrorist Abdul Absit Usman.
Marwan was killed while Usman was able to escape.
Meanwhile, Mendez announced that a team of NBI investigators will go to Mamasapano today (Wednesday) to gather more pieces of evidence that will generate more details on the uploading of the viral video.
He said the video is also instrumental in determining the culprit in executing some members of SAF who were still alive, but were finished off or shot at close range, some in the heads, to make sure that they were dead right at the encounter site.