Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas appealed to the parents of the two other minors who witnessed a policemen killing two unarmed civilians in Tarlac to help them prosecute the perpetrator of the crime.
Sinas said if the two minors do not they testify in court, the video showing policeman Jonel Nuezca shooting and killing 52-year old Sonya Gregorio and her 25-year old son Frank Anthony may not be admitted as evidence in court. The crime happened in Paniqui, Tarlac at around 5:10 p.m. last Sunday.
“I asked the parents of these children to help us,” he said in Filipino. “They (two minors) can be placed under witness protection program.”
Based on reports, the two other minors who witnessed the murder and recorded it in video were 12 and 16 years old.
Sinas, however, said the two minors who witnessed the crime have already submitted their affidavits, but did not give further details.
As this developed, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday appealed anew to the public to be considerate in expressing their sentiments against the 13-year-old daughter Nuezca.
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said: “There are manifestations of trauma. It also doesn’t help the situation if people continue to bash her on social media.” SOVEREIGNPH