The LGBTQ+ community was triggered by the CCTV footage involving teen actor Awra Briguela.
Xian Gaza released a CCTV footage taken at ‘The Bolthole Bar’ where Briguela and her friends went. This was presented as evidence to the Makati Police.
According to the Makati police report, based on the complainant’s statement, Briguela became aggressive when the complainant refused to take off his pants.
Briguela was charged with physical injuries, alarm and scandal, disobedience to authority, and direct assault.
One of the comedienne’s friends said that the woman she allegedly defended in the video cannot be seen because she had already gone home.
In the video Gaza released, it can be seen and heard that Briguela and her friends were teasing the complainant to take off his clothes.
It is evident in the footage that both groups were having a good time.
In the first video that went viral, the brawl between a group of men and Briguela’s group outside the Bolthole bar can be seen.
Brigiuela was caught in the act being restrained by his companions while attempting to approach the fighting friends.
From another angle, one of her companions was knocked down by a punch from the men.
The police quickly arrived to break up the fight.
The video that spread online also showed the scene where Briguela was being restrained by the police, struggling as she was put inside the police vehicle.
The LGBTQ+ community was not too thrilled by the footage and the fact that people were mocking Briguela for being gay.
Tangina niyo at ng mga nagsasabing nag-amok si Awra dahil “hindi napagbigyan”
Gago ba kayo? Anong tingin niyo sa mga bakla, makikipag patayan para sa chupa?
— rod singh (@iamrodafrog) June 30, 2023
Rule on video evidence is clear:
Video evidence is admissible, provided:
-Video be shown/presented/displayed to the court, AND
-Video be identified/explained/authenticated by someone who made the recording or competent to testify on its accuracy. At hindi si Xian Gaza yon.
— Ben Bernabe (@yogawithben) June 30, 2023
Who paid Xian Gaza to upload a video narrated by someone who is obviously working at The Bolt Hole Bar.
Napaka-coincidence naman na the FB page of that bar released a statement 2 hours before Xian’s post.
Something’s sketchy, I know.
— Gio 🌈 (@gioorosioo) June 30, 2023
Based on the interview of the Makati Police with GMA News, they did not receive any complaint from Briguela’s group alleging harassment by the men.
According to Makati Chief of Police Col. Edward Cutiyog, “Tinanong din po natin sa grupo ni Awra kung mayroon sa kanila ang magko-complain, kung sinasabing may allegedly may hipuan ayun din kasi ang sinasabi na ugat.”
“Pero so, far wala naman. If may pumunta man dito at mag-complain then we will assist immediately,” he added.