An off-duty policeman who shot dead an elderly woman and her son appeared to be crazy, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday after video of the shooting went viral and raised questions over abuse among security forces.
Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, said the case of Corporal Jonel Nuezca should be seen in the larget context of the accountability of the establishment. Nuezca stayed in the force despite past administrative cases, she said.
Both leaders condemned the incident, which resulted to the deaths of Sonya Rufino Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Rufino Gregorio, 25.
"Isa lang tong klaseng pulis na to. May sakit ito sa utak. I'm just wondering why he was able to, nakalusot sa neuro," Duterte said in his weekly address to the nation.
"You do it right I'm with you. You do it wrong, there's hell to pay.... Ang akin dito, do your duty enforce the law. Your actions must be in accordance to the law," he said.
"Kayong may mga sakit, may mga topak, I’m sure by now, he shouldn’t be allowed to go out kasi double murder yun eh," Duterte said in his weekly public address. "Pati ako napanganga. That’s unfair and brutal masyado."
Robredo said on Twitter: "There will be those who will lay all blame on the person who pulled the trigger, as if he were not part of a larger architecture of impunity."
"May those who wish to downplay what happened by creating discord among us never succeed in stripping us of our humanity. May we find anchorage in our common human response to these deaths: Kinilabutan tayo, nabasag ang puso natin, mali ito," she said.
In the viral video, Nuezca was seen shooting the unarmed Sonya and Frank Anthony at point black following a heated argument over the use of boga or improvised firecracker. The crime occured in front of the policeman's young daughter.
"We are bound in horror, grief, and empathy for Sonya and Frank Gregorio, as we are bound in condemnation of their senseless murders and of the murders of so many innocents over the past years," Robredo said in a tweet.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the suspect has undergone inquest proceedings and charges have already been filed against him.
"This is an isolated incident and we do not tolerate ang ganitong gawain ng pulis," Ano said.