By J. Jala | 05:51 PM December 21, 2020
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday joined his colleagues at the House of Representatives in calling for the prosecution of Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca for killing an unarmed mother and her son in Paniqui, Tarlac.
In a statement, Velasco offered his sympathies to the family of 52-year-old Sonya and her 25-year-old son Frank Anthony, whom Nuezca shot dead in the middle of a heated argument over “boga” and right of way on Sunday.
The Speaker said he shares the anguish that many feel about the tragic incident, saying that the public response to it is “totally understandable.”
“It is our fervent hope that the circumstances surrounding their deaths are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately served,” Velasco said.
“The culprit, Police Officer Jonel Nuezca, must not go unpunished and that his effective prosecution must be ensured,” he added.
Velasco also said that the incident highlights the need for the Philippine National Police leadership to remind policemen on the proper and responsible use of their weapons.
Initial investigation showed that the suspect arrived at the house of victims Sonya Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25. After a brief and heated confrontation, he shot them point-blank using a 9 mm pistol at around 5:10 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the suspect fled the crime scene onboard a motorcycle after the incident. However, a CCTV video of the incident made the rounds of social media and has now become viral, showing the suspect’s face.
Statement of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on the police shooting of mother and son in Tarlac
December 21, 2020
We share the anguish that many feel about a mother and her son, who were shot dead by a police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac, over the weekend. The public outrage over the incident is totally understandable.
We sympathize with the family of Mrs. Sonya Gregorio and her son, Frank Anthony, especially their young and innocent relatives who, unfortunately, bore witness to the horrific killings. It is our fervent hope that the circumstances surrounding their deaths are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately served. The culprit, Police Officer Jonel Nuezca, must not go unpunished and that his effective prosecution must be ensured.
The incident also highlights the need for the leadership of the Philippine National Police to remind its ranks on the proper and responsible use of their weapons and that they should, as much as possible, apply non-violent means at all times. Police officers must be reminded that force and firearms may only be used if other means remain ineffective or without any promise of achieving the intended result.