5 youths who set fire to balloon vendor nabbed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2020 03:57 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2020 04:35 PM

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Monday presented 5 of 7 youths caught in a viral video accidentally setting fire to a balloon vendor in Manila last week. 

The viral video showed 7 youths setting fire to balloons that were being sold by a balloon vendor, identified only as Mang Oliver, who was sleeping on the sidewalk in Pandacan, Manila. The balloons burst into flame and caused severe burns on Mang Oliver's body. 

In a press briefing, Domagoso said the 5 youths gave themselves up to authorities after he urged them to surrender. 

 

At least one of the youths, identified only as Dranreb, could face charges of serious physical injury over the prank depending on the seriousness of the injuries sustained by Mang Oliver. The rest of the youths are minors. 

'Yang joke, joke, joke niyo, maaari pala tayong makapaminsala... Gusto ko nga 'pahawak din sa kanila 'yung lobo, pero labag sa batas iyon," Moreno said. 

He also urged netizens not to take the law into their own hands by punishing the 7 youths. 

"I understand talagang nakapanggigigil ang kagaguhan ng mga ito pero 'wag niyo naman pagbuhatan ng kamay," he said. 

During the presentation, one of the youths said he did not know that the prank would cause injury. "Akala ko po sasabog lang (I thought it would just explode)," he said. 

The mayor said one of the youths had previously been caught violating the curfew.