Bacolod cops probe ‘bottle throwing’ incident

The alleged “bottle throwing” incident happened at Ramos area on Lacson Street, Bacolod City Sunday evening. (Photo courtesy of Reveille Alintabo)

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is investigating the alleged “bottle throwing” incident at the area of Ramos along Lacson Streets on the last night of the 40th MassKara Festival celebration last Sunday.

Police Colonel Henry Biñas, BCPO director, said in a media interview yesterday that they did not receive reports about the incident, but he will have it investigated.

Late Sunday night, a video posted by a certain “Jhey Sein” on Facebook and entitled “Ramos 1st BOTELYA FESTIVAL 2019,” showed some people running, hiding, and covering their heads with chairs after unidentified persons in a bar threw bottles in the air.

It was not clear from the 41-second video if a commotion transpired or if there were injuries reported.

The uploaded video garnered more than 1,900 reactions from netizens, and 63 comments, with more than 6,200 shares on social media.

Authorities claimed that it happened previously and the video was just re-uploaded. But, the video uploader insisted that it occurred on Sunday.

Biñas said he will also investigate the establishment owner and other persons involved in the incident.

More policemen were deployed in streets especially that the area is considered one of the festival sites, but nobody was able to report it.

“We will check if there were minors involved so that their parents can also be notified about this. We will also check if there is a need to file charges against those responsible behind the incident,” Biñas said.

Sein also posted on his Facebook account that an alleged “twerking” also happened that night, but no photos and video was uploaded.

Twerking is a provocative dance performed by moving the hips rapidly back and forth while standing with the feet apart and raising and lowering the body in a squatting position.

Last year, a “twerking” video also went viral on social media at the same area, where a group of female teenagers were giving a guy a lap dance in a restobar.

The video also garnered mixed reactions from netizens which led the authorities to investigate and check its business permit and operation, and the city government’s recommendation for its closure.