Parents advised to properly counsel minors who may have watched the Paniqui shooting video

Marje Pelayo   •   December 23, 2020   •   295

MANILA, Philippines — The chilling ten-minute video of a fatal altercation in Paniqui, Tarlac went viral on social media with the speed of a fired bullet just hours after the incident. 

Various memes popped up on social media, further spreading gruesome images of the moment that would change the lives of two feuding families forever.

The video begins with what seems like an ordinary brawl between neighbors until the suspect, Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca suddenly shoots Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank Anthony, 25, at point-blank range — right in front of her own teen-age daughter who was also at the scene.

Psychologist Dr. Camille Garcia said the incident will inevitably leave a huge impact on the girl who personally witnessed her father kill two persons in cold blood.

Other than Nuezca’s daughter, the video could also cause psychological effects to other minors who have watched it.

“Para sa akin kung ang tatay ko ay pulis, hindi ko maintindihan kung magiging inferior ako sa ibang tao or hindi ako kikibo. Tapos kasi pwedeng sabihin ng mga kalaro ko ‘Uy, hindi ba iyong tatay mo pulis? Ganyan din ba siya doon sa nakita ko?’ Parang magkakaroon ng comparison,” she said.

It could also give a negative connotation to the profession in the minds of other minors.

“Kapag tinatanong mo: ‘Anong gusto mo paglaki mo?’ ‘Maging police.’ Tapos ang sasabihin makakita ng ganyan. Anong iniisip nila? Kailangan mamamaril ang pulis or it’s the other way around na: ‘Ayoko na maging pulis kasi nakakatakot biglang pumapatay ng tao,’” Dr. Garcia explained. 

Another implication, Dr. Garcia said, is that a minor could lose his or her sense of compassion from watching the video if not given proper guidance by his or her parents or guardians.

“It can lead to the possibility na a person might succumb to a sociopathic behavior, meaning to say, nawawala ang konsensya niya. Sa kanya, parang it’s so ordinary na makakita ng violence,” she noted.

“Then eventually pwede rin siyang gumawa ng something na of a violent in nature na act, pag may kakayahan na siyang gumawa noon,” she added.

Dr. Garcia insists that Nuezca’s daughter should be given proper counselling or debriefing witnessing such a traumatic incident.

“Sabihin natin na-traumatize iyong bata dito. She will really need a lot of counselling and therapy for that matter kasi it can really affect iyong possible personality nito. Remember, pagdating ng 17 or 18 years old doon nabubuo ang personalidad ng bata,” she explained.

She advised parents whose children may have watched the video to explain to them very carefully as the child’s concept of what is right or wrong may be compromised.

“It’s about how to be God-fearing na kapag sinabi natin na, ‘O dapat kung may takot ka sa Dios wala kang dahilan para pumatay.’ Kung meron man ikaw na makakaaway, ganito ang dapat nating gawin, iyong mga ganoong bagay,” she said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Victims’ kin express anger over Nuezca’s ‘not guilty’ plea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The police officer involved in the twin shooting incident in Paniqui, Tarlac has pleaded “not guilty” of committing the crime.

Police SMSgt. Jonel Nuezca was arraigned at the Paniqui, Tarlac Regional Trial Court Branch 106 on Thursday (January 7). Nuezca was not able to personally attend the court since he is still under quarantine, but pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the killing of 52-year-old Sonya Gregorio and her 25-year-old son, Frank Anthony Gregorio.

The victim’s kin expressed disbelief and anger over the said plea.

“Siyempre nabigla ako kasi talagang kalaban siya. Humihingi nga siya ng ano pagkatapos nag-not guilty siya […] Maraming galit, para bang walang ginawa, the victims’ husband and father, Florentino Gregorio said.

Nuezca, shot the victims amid a heated argument that started over an improvised canon.

In the now viral video, the shooting incident happened after the young daughter of the policeman who shouted “my father is a policeman” was mocked by Sonya. This appeared to have triggered the cop to pull his gun and shoot the two victims at point-blank range.

The next scheduled hearing for Nuezca’s double murder is on February 4.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) already recommended the dismissal of Nuezca. According to IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo, they have submitted the recommendation to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Major General Vicente Danao.

Nuezca is currently detained in the crime laboratory Parañaque City. AAC (with reports from Bryan Lacanlale)

Tarlac shooting: Victims’ and shooter’s family members receive stress debriefing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 31, 2020

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported that the family members of the victims in the Tarlac shooting, as well as the wife and daughter of the cop involved, have received stress debriefing.

Social workers from DSWD Field Office III conducted an initial critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) to the wife and child of Police Staff Sgt. Jonel Nuezca to help them cope with the trauma brought by the unfortunate incident. 

The family members of the victims, Sonia Gregorio and son Frank Anthony, on the other hand, received psychosocial debriefing. 

Other members of the community who witnessed the unfortunate incident will also undergo similar intervention.

CISD is a process that allows survivors of natural and human-induced calamities as well as traumatic incidents to process and help them cope with their traumatic experiences.

The DSWD also said it will continue to monitor the families of the victims and the perpetrator to determine additional appropriate interventions. AAC

DOJ ready to place Tarlac shooting witnesses under WPP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it is ready to place witnesses of the Tarlac shooting under its Witness Protection Program (WPP).

On Wednesday (December 23), DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said those who witnessed the shooting of Sonia Gregorio, 53, and her son Frank Anthony, 25, can seek protection as investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“The witnesses who need protection may apply at DOJ for provisional cover under the WPP, and the DOJ will immediately evaluate their application,” he said.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca was the policeman who shot the two victims in Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday (December 20) while in the middle of a heated argument over an improvised canon. The incident was caught on video and went viral on social media.

Nuezca is currently facing two counts of murder at the Regional Trial Court ng Branch 67 ng Paniqui, Tarlac. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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