MANILA - ProGun Philippines acting secretary general Ernesto Tabujara believes the shooting of Cavite Vice-Governor Jolo Revilla was not an accident but self-inflicted.
Speaking to ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, Tabujara said it is unlikely that the vice-governor could accidentally shoot himself on the right side of the chest when he is also right-handed.
"Kapag humahawak ka ng baril, usually naka-point away sa tao. Ngayon kapag tinamaan ka sa chest...weird yung position, medyo kaiba," he said.
"Sa tingin ko, based on the report on the trajectory of the bullet at sa tama niya sa chest, feeling ko it was self-inflicted. Medyo (sinadya). Kung mayroon mang aksidente, parang napakaibang aksidente yun. Baka may ibang tao, di natin alam."
He said members of the ProGun Facebook page also chimed in on the issue and said it is impossible to shoot yourself in the chest accidentally while cleaning a gun.
"As of last night, mga 250 comments na all over the country na imposible, na kapag naglilinis ka ng baril tinamaan ka sa area na yun, sa chest. Usually, kapag pinutukan ka, sa paa dahil nakaturo sa baba. O kaya sa hand mo. Pero sa chest, parang dapat nakaturo yung baril sa iyo," he said.
Tabujara reminded the public about the four rules of gun safety. These are 1) assume that all guns have bullets, 2) don't point at an object that you will not shoot 3) don't put your finger on the trigger until ready to shoot and 4) make sure that you only hit the intended target.
He said that in cleaning firearms, gun owners should make sure that the firearms have no bullets.
Revilla was rushed to the hospital Saturday after he supposedly shot himself by accident while cleaning a handgun. He is confined at the intensive care unit of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa.
Atty. Raymond Fortun, spokesperson of the Revilla family, earlier said he was able to talk to Jolo who expressed regret about what happened.
"He was a little bit sorry. Tinanong ko kasi siya, 'Jolo, kumusta ka na?' Sabi niya, 'heto, attorney, nagkamali ako,'" shared Fortun. "I would think he was referring to the fact that he was cleaning his gun at that time and somehow nakalabit niya 'yung trigger."
According to Fortun, the actor-turned-politician was “coherent” and “lucid” while they were talking, although a little bit groggy because of his medications.
Talent manager Lolit Solis, a close friend of the Revilla family, said Jolo had been depressed due to the recent events involving his father.
The elder Revilla is currently being held without bail in Camp Crame, facing charges of plunder for alleged misuse of his pork barrel allocations.