Playing violent video games saved the
life of three children in Mandaue City yesterday afternoon.
Police yesterday rushed to barangay
Looc to defuse and recover three grenades that were accidently found
by three children who were scavenging for scrap in a vacant lot.
Jose Darwin Garciano, 12 admonished his
friends and warned them not to touch the grenade as it could detonate
and instantly kill them.
"Kabalo ko nga muboto 'to kay
kakita ko sa game sa Counter-Strike," Garciano told Cebu Daily
(I knew that it will explode as I've
seen it in a Counter-Strike game.)
Counter-Strike is a first-person
shooter video game popular among gamers. Players may join in as
terrorists or counter-terrorists and are equipped with a wide array
of weapons from handguns to high-powered rifles to explosives such as
Counter-Strike faced controversy when
critics claimed that the perpetrator of the Virginia Tech massacre
and the 2008 shooting in Northern Illinois University in the US had
been trained to kill by playing the video game.
In 2007, a Brazilian court prohibited
the sale of Counter-Strike and ordered the withdrawal of the video
game from all stores.
Brazilian judge Carlos Alberto Simões
de Tomaz ordered the ban as the games "bring imminent stimulus
to the subversion of the social order, attempting against the
democratic and rightful state and against the public safety."
Last week, US Sen. Dianne Feinstein
said game publishers need to make voluntary actions to avoid
glorifying guns and violence following the Newtown elementary school
massacre in December
The grenades in the Mandaue City vacant
lot were discovered when one of the children, Elmer Rigodo, heard a
“crack” when he landed on a plastic biscuit container after doing
a cartwheel stunt.
12-year-old Garciano said it was Jerson
Salili who opened the plastic jar and took the bronze-colored grenade
Not knowing that what he found was an
explosive, Salili tried to polish the metal object by rubbing it on
Garciano immediately admonished his
friend and warned him that it could explode.
"Pero na-kuryoso lang mi kay kato
pa mi kita ug mga paboto mao amoa lang usa gi-gunit-gunitan," he
(We got curious as it's our first time
to see what an explosive looks like.)
The children sought help from an adult
resident who was passing by the area. The resident then relayed the
information to his brother who is a member of the Lapu-Lapu City
Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN).
Auqelio Ardena Jr., the BIN member,
rushed to the scene near the Elba Building, and secured the grenades
by placing them in a rubber tire before calling the police..
He however couldn't get through the
police telephone line prompting him to seek help from Cebu Daily
News. A Special Weapons and Tactics team from the Mandaue City Police
Office led by Insp. Diosdado Malazarte arrived on the scene and
placed a bomb blanket over the grenades.
SPO1 Jodiel Orcullo, a bomb technician,
said the children were lucky that the grenades did not explode when
one of them played with it.
"Kung tan-awon man gud ning rifle
grenade, mura ni ug rocket ug missile sa jud ug porma," he said.
Malazarte said they will search the
vacant lot to make sure that it's free of explosives. /Jucell Marie
P. Cuyos and Norman V Mendoza