Thu. May 26th, 2022

The former policeman convicted for shooting an  unarmed mother and her son pointblank during a heated argument in Paniqui, Tarlac passed away on Tuesday night.

(Photo Courtesy; The Straigt Times)

Bureau of Corrections spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said that Jonel Nuezca died on November 30, 2021 at 6:44 pm. The cause of his death is still unknown.

To recall, the former Parañaque policeman who was caught on video when he shot dead an unarmed mother and her son pointblank during a heated argument in Paniqui, Tarlac in December 2020. He was found guilty on August 26, 2021,

In the 18-page decision by Judge Stela Marie Gandia-Asuncion of the Tarlac Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 106, Nuezca, 46, was sentenced to two reclusion perpetua (20 years and 1 day to 40 years) for killing Sonia Gregorio, 52, and her son, Frank Anthony, 25, five days before Christmas.

Nuezca, who was off-duty that time, confronted the Gregorios over the use of a “boga,” a homemade cannon that uses kerosene.

The viral video was taken by a granddaughter of the elder Gregorio using a mobile phone, from the start of the argument until Nuezca pulled out his handgun and killed the two.

The Tarlac RTC also sentenced Nuezca to pay P476,000 to each of the victim’s heirs for damages.

“(A) shoot first, think later disposition occupies no decent place in a civilized society. Never has homicide or murder been a function of law enforcement. The public peace is never predicated on the cost of human life,” the court decision read.

The court also said there was treachery due to the sudden violence employed.

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