On Sunday, December 20th, in the Philippines, off-duty police officer Jonel Nuezca shot and killed Sonya Gregorio and Frank Anthony Gregorio execution-style in front of their house.
Reports state that an argument took place between Nuezca and the Gregorio’s over a makeshift air cannon (commonly used during New Years’ celebrations). Neuzca attempted to arrest Frank Anthony Gregorio, but his mother held him to block Neuzca.
Video shows that Neuzca pulled a weapon and shot the mother in the head, then the son. Before walking away calmly with his daughter, he shot Sonya again.
“They walked off like it was nothing. . . . I was numb, like my soul left my body. Then when I felt something move, I began jumping in anger and crying.”– Alyssa Calosing, witness who recorded video of the shooting
Nuezca surrendered himself to the police later that day. He currently faces murder charges. Local media reported that he had previously faced two homicide charges, but that they had been dismissed as a result of a lack of evidence.
Noriel Ramboao, the Tarlac police chief, told the media that Neuzca had admitted killing the Gregorios.
Harry Roque, the Presidential spokesman, condemned the killings, saying that they were “not service-related.”
Duterte condemned the murders, saying that they were “too brutal.” Duterte is known for supporting the actions of police officers and the consequences of his war on drugs.
POLICE BRUTALITY IN THE PHILIPPINES
An International Criminal Court report recently stated there was a “reasonable basis to believe that the crimes against humanity of murder, torture and the infliction of serious physical injury and mental harm” had been committed during Duterte’s term as president. The ICC will decide whether to pursue a full investigation of crimes against humanity within the Philippines during the first half of 2021.
Reports show that over 8,000 drug suspects have been killed since Duterte took office in 2016.
Petition to Philippine Department of Justice:
International Criminal Court (ICC) Phillippine Page:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-police-brutality-mother-shot/2020/12/21/0a5f9762-4358-11eb-ac2a-3ac0f2b8ceeb_story.html (source for info and picture on slide 1)