Thu. May 13th, 2021

Senators on Monday slammed the culture of violence among the ranks of the Philippine National Police (PNP) amid the brutal killing by an off-duty policeman of a mother and her son in Paniqui, Tarlac, on Sunday.

“The incident is an outrage. That is the result of condoning and refusing to punish abusive and corrupt police,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan said.

“We expect this administration to condemn the incident and to ensure the perpetrator will be prosecuted instead of condoning or promoting these corrupt and abusive cops,” he said.

“Impunity breeds trigger-happy cops,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said.

“So long as the culture of impunity exists in the country, and when there is a system that rewards misdeeds instead of punishing them, police abuses and violence will continue,” he said in a statement.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, said Nuezca should rot in jail.

“If what’s on video tells the whole story, I enjoin the PNP leadership to show no mercy,” he said.

“They should spare no effort to make sure that he rots in jail. He’s the last policeman that they need [on] the force,” Lacson said.

“Where is our society headed?” Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a Twitter post.

For here part, Sen. Nancy Binay urged a “top-to-bottom value reorientation” of the police force to end the culture of impunity among the police force.

“Police behavior and practices should be directed to the desire of helping the people and the community,” Binay said.

On Sunday at around 5 p.m., Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, shot 52-year-old Sonya Gregorio and her 25-year-old son Frank Anthony Gregorio, who were both unarmed, at point-blank range, in Paniqui, Tarlac.

The brutal act was caught and CCTV, and the video has become viral, sparking public outrage. SOVEREIGNPH

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