A VIRAL photo showing four gun-wielding men assaulting a driver of a sports utility vehicle along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) is now a subject of police investigation, an official said Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Tyrone Masigon, Mandaluyong City Police chief, said they will seek help from the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cyber Crime Group (PNP-ACG) to identify the license plates of the four vehicles, which were shown in the viral photo.
The photo made rounds on social networking sites since Monday after the witness who took the photo uploaded it.
The witness said the alleged suspects forced the Chinese-looking driver to step out of his vehicle by pointing their guns towards him. When he refused, the suspects destroyed the car's rear windshield.
"Ang sabi nila (alleged suspects) bumaba na daw siya kung ayaw niyang madamay ang mga bata na nandun din nakasakay sa loob ng SUV. Doon siya bumaba at inilipat siya sa likod tapos 'yung isang kasamahan na nila 'yung nagdrive ng sasakyan," he said.
The suspects brought with them the SUV driver and his companions.
"Parang alam nila na may CCTV (closed-circuit television camera) kasi wala sa kanila ang lumilingon sa likod," the witness said.
Masigon said they have not yet received any report regarding the incident. Authorities could not verify if it was a case carjacking, kidnapping or a legitimate police operation.
He said they are already looking into the photos and footages from CCTV camera in the area.
Masigon said they are hoping that the PNP's Anti-Cybercrime unit will be able to enhance the photo and CCTV footage to identify the license plates of the vehicles involved. (Sunnex)