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Nuezca enters not guilty plea

Jonel Nuezca

THE Parañaque City police officer who was caught on video shooting to death a mother and son in Paniqui, Tarlac last month pleaded not guilty during his arraignment for two counts of murder.

The Department of Justice said Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca entered a not guilty plea before the Paniqui, Tarlac regional trial court last January 7.

The Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Tarlac has indicted Nuezca for shooting to death neighbors 52-year-old Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, in Purok 2, Bgy. Cabayaoasan.

The incident stemmed over an altercation involving a homemade PVC canon “boga”. No bail was recommended for Nuezca’s temporary liberty.

Nuezca fled after shooting the victims, but surrendered to the Rosales Pangasinan Municipal Police Station hours later. He also turned over his service pistol that was used during the crime.

Nuezca and the Gregorios are residents of Purok 2 in Bgy. Cabayaoasan, Paniqui.

The two families were allegedly involved in a property right-of-way dispute, but the shooting incident stemmed from the firing of a PVC cannon or boga by the Gregorios.

The shooting incident was caught on camera and the video is now viral on social media.

Netizens are seeking justice for the Gregorios, calling for the end of police brutality and impunity in the Philippines.