President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he was shocked by the viral video showing a policeman killing a mother and son in Paniqui, Tarlac, and called the murderer “may sakit sa utak” (crazy).
He also found the incident as “too brutal.”
In his weekly televised message, Duterte also reminded members of the police force to perform their duties in accordance with the law.
”You do not follow the law, mag-salvage ka, mag-patay ka (you summarily execute, you murder), then I’m sorry. That is not part of our agreement on how we should do our work,” Duterte said.
The President also said Police Senior Master Sargeant Jonel Nuezca cannot escape from his crime as his act was caught on camera.
“I don’t think that you can escape the rigors of justice because nakuha sa TV (It was caught on TV). Pati ako napanga-nga (Even I was shocked)….…That’s unfair and brutal masyado (that was too brutal),” he said.
Palace Spokesman Harry Roque said the case involving Nuezca, 46 years old, who shot dead Sonya Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25 in Tarlac, will be treated like any other ordinary murder case as the policeman was off duty.
According to reports, Nuezca shot the mother and son at point blank range two times each in front of a child in broad daylight or at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday in Barangay Cabayaosan in Paniqui, Tarlac. The whole drama was caught in CCTV and the video has made rounds over social media and gone viral.
“This is not service-related double murder. The policeman (Nuezca) cannot invoke the defense that he was doing his duty. This will be treated like an ordinary murder case,” Roque said in Filipino.
“We condemn the act,” he added.
Senator Panfilo Lacson was among the first to condemn the act, saying the Philippine National Police should show “no mercy” towards Nuezca in prosecuting him. SOVEREIGNPH