Follow us for updates
© 2021
Read the Story →

Policeman Shoots Dead Mother and Son, Stirs Debate on Killings, Violence

The daylight shooting went viral overnight.
Dec 21, 2020
Photo/s: shutterstock

Video of an off-duty policeman's fatal shooting of an elderly woman and her son went viral overnight on Monday, stirring conversation on social media about killings and police brutality.

Corporal Jonel Nuezca, 46 shot Sonya Rufino Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Rufino Gregorio, 25 in Paniqui town, Tarlac on Sunday after an argument over the use of boga or improvised firecracker escalated and unearthed a long-standing dispute over right of way, said the town's police chief, Lt. Col. Noriel Rombaoa.

Nuezca, who is on break from his duty in Paranaque City, surrendered and is under police custody. He could be charged with double murder, Rombaoa told GMA News.

Early Monday "MY FATHER IS A POLICEMAN" was the top trend on Twitter with some 30,000 posts. A girl on the scene was heard in the viral video as shouting: "My father is a policeman."

Also trending:  #StopTheKillingsPH, #JusticeForSonyaGregorio and TRIGGER WARNING. The shooting happened in broad daylight.

Continue reading below ↓
Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

"Ayaw po muna niyang makipag-usap, sabi po niya sa korte na lang... Nagsisisi siya sa nagawa niya na pamamaril," Rombaoa said on Unang Hirit.

Nuezca and his victims were neighbors. Nuezca went to the Gregorios' backyard after hearing that the boga was being fired. "Pumunta sa bahay ng bitkima. Nagakaroon ng pagtatalo, naungkat matagal na alitan sa right of way."

Continue reading below ↓

Addressing the victims' family, Rombaoa said: "Gagawin namin ang lahat ng makakaya namin para mabigyan ng hustisya ang kapamilya nyo."

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
Premium hotel experience with Filipino hospitality.
Time for a culture and history break.
We need a leader like Leni, the ex-solgen says.
Around 1,500 kids have gotten their first dose.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.