Days before the merriest day could come, because of a happy-trigger cop, a family mourns over the death of their mother and a brother.
Recently, news came out about a police officer gunning down a mother and her son in an altercation. In a video that surfaced online, Jonel Nuezca, the suspect, argued with Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio. Nuezca, the police carried a gun, and based on the video–he never hesitated to shoot the two.
“Existing Homicide Charges”- pero hinayaan maghawak ng baril.
“One in 2019 and one last May”-isolated incident daw.
Nakakatakot isipin pero paano kung walang video? https://t.co/Bs5xZW32hu
— jennylyn mercado (@MercadoJen) December 21, 2020
DJ Chacha also shared Mercado’s sentiments after she watched the video, and she also asked the same question whether if Filipinos are safe in their own country or not.
After watching the video unang pumasok sa isip ko, “safe pa ba tayo dito sa sarili nating bansa?”
— DJ Chacha (@_djchacha) December 21, 2020
The supposedly isolated case tactic the government is trying to hold on to is one-sided. As for Bayan Muna Representative Ferdinand Gaite, it was unfair that activists are being red-tagged by the government–making the act of one is the act of all. Yet, when it comes to their officer, it is an isolated incident of police brutality.
Sabi ni Pang. Duterte kapag aktibista “the act of one is the act of all,” red-tagged kami lahat kahit walang ebidensya. Tapos ngayon ang depensa nila ay “isolated case” daw itong police brutality. Wala naman daw culture of impunity, hindi daw enabled ang karahasang nagaganap!
— Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite (@FerdinandGaite) December 21, 2020
The experience that the Gregorio family went through is traumatizing. When ‘It’s Showtime’ host Vice Ganda saw the video, the memory of having to see a loved one shot at came rushing back.
Natulala ako matapos ko mapanuod ung video. Bumalik yung trauma ko. Bumalik lahat ng pilit ko ng ibinabaon na alaala. Ung putok ng baril. Ung itsura nung tatay ko na parang baboy na sinasakay sa jeep. Ung mukha ng demonyo. Ang bigat ng nararamdaman ko.
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) December 21, 2020
Bianca Gonzales emphasized the killings done by those who were supposed to protect Filipinos are somewhat becoming the norm. In her tweet, she wrote how she is frustrated about how these so-called keepers of peace could easily take two lives. If not a family member dared to record the altercation, the world would not know that such a crime occurred.
Na parang normal lang ang pagbunot at pagputok ng baril. Na parang wala lang ang buhay ng dalawang taong walang laban at hindi nanlaban. Na kung walang video na nakuha ay hindi pa malalaman ang kawalanghiyaang krimen na nangyari.#EndPoliceBrutality
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) December 21, 2020
It was really not easy for people to see such crimes committed by law enforcers.
Another ‘It’s Showtime’ host, Teddy Corpuz wrote on his twitter his observation regarding how easy it is for people to take someone else’s life nowadays. The host was among those who were devastated upon hearing the violent news.
Nakakapan-lumo. Ganun lang kadali kumitil nang buhay. Parang isang bangungot. Ang sakit sakit sa puso. 🙏😔
— zndɹoƆ ʎppǝ⊥ (@teddspotting) December 21, 2020
Some were looking for justice because of this brutal killing.
Actress Alessandra De Rossi asked for justice for those who have lost their lives because of an officer of the law is hot-headed.
Justice sa lahat ng nawalan ng mahal sa buhay dahil lang sa init ng ulo ng ibang tao. It’s not fair.
— alessandra de rossi (@msderossi) December 21, 2020
The PNP’s motto is ‘to serve and to protect’. However, with the killings of innocent people by police officers, it seemed that they do not know what their oath is.
Angel Locsin on her Twitter page reminded the police what their motto is, which is to ‘serve and protect’ and that good cops should condemn the bad ones.
Good cops should condemn bad cops.
Remember the motto, #ToProtectAndToServe
— Angel Locsin (@143redangel) December 21, 2020
Agot Isidro also shared Angel’s sentiment over good cops who chose to be silent and not expose the rotten police officers. Isidro took a shady statement when she stressed that leadership is everything. The culture of ‘exemption from punishment’ is observed from the top-down.
I know that there are good cops around. Some are not even happy how things are run. But they choose to bow their heads and look away.
The way the agency is set up, Leadership is everything. The culture of impunity trickles from top all the way down.
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) December 21, 2020
With the rampant police killing of innocent civilians, some, (like actor Jason Abalos) don’t want to live in the country anymore.
Kaurat na sa pilipinas
— jason abalos (@thejasonabalos) December 21, 2020
Netizens denounce the killing committed by a member of the PNP and think that the branch of law enforcers is supposed to protect the Filipinos from harm, but they are the ones who will terrify the people.
— ً (@ghelaitotss) December 21, 2020
Another Netizen is infuriated as police officers are becoming non-committal to their oath.
Jonel Nuezca, who fled after shooting Sonya and her son surrendered at the Rosales Pangasinan Municipal Police Station an hour after he committed such atrocity. He also surrendered his government-issued 9mm semi-auto pistol. He is facing two counts of murder. According to the police chief of Paniqui, the altercation between Nuezca and the Gregorios started because of a property right-of-way dispute. However, the shooting was a separate case as it stemmed after the Gregorios fired a PVC cannon or boga.
President Duterte told cops to carry their gun while being off-duty?
The incident where police shot two people in Tarlac was reported to be not on duty.
Police Colonel Renante Cabico confirmed such information stating that Nuezca was indeed off-duty on Sunday, December 20, and was spending his rest day in his residence in Tarlac. However, the reason that he was able to bring his firearm was because of Pres. Duterte’s order to carry firearms even during their rest days.
Cabico said in an interview with DZBB said, “Nagkaroon din ng directive sa atin mahal na Presidente noon na yung mga off-duty, they are allowed to carry their firearms.”
Back in 2017, the President wanted his soldiers and policemen to be armed during their periods of leisure to be able to protect themselves against armed communists.
“I am not in favor of the rule that you cannot bring your sidearm outside of your camp or residence. I will overrule that kind of regulations because it is stupid,” said Pres. Duterte back on July 18, 2017.
Published at Tue, 22 Dec 2020 09:39:00 +0000