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

Marje Pelayo   •   December 23, 2020   •   498

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)

Trekking activities sa Mt. Pinatubo, ipinagbawal muna

Robie de Guzman   •   March 4, 2021

Pansamantalang ipinagbawal ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Capas, Tarlac ang lahat ng tourism at trekking activities sa Mt. Pinatubo matapos itaas ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) ang alerto sa bulkan.

Inanunsiyo ito ni Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan ngayong Huwebes matapos itaas ng Phivolcs ang alert level 1 sa Mt. Pinatubo kasunod ng mahigit sa 1,000 mahihinang pagyanig sa paligid ng bulkan.

“Bawal muna po lahat ng trekking, bawal muna po lahat ng turista sa Mt. Pinatubo. So wala munang papasok sa crater ng Mt. Pinatubo dahil tayo po ay itinaas sa alert level 1 ng Phivolcs,” ang pahayag ni Catacutan.

Nitong Enero lang bahagyang binuksan ang trekking activities sa bulkan upang kahit papaano ay makabawi ang lokal na ekonomiya sa gitna ng pandemya.

Sa muling pagsasara ng trekking tourism, apektado ang kabuhayan ng mga tour guide, transient home owners at mga driver ng pinaarkilahang 4×4 vehicles.

Samantala, pinawi naman ng lokal na pamahalaan ang pangamba ng mga nakatira malapit sa bukana ng bulkan.

“Huwag po kayong mag-alala mga kababayan, ito po ay maliit na pagalaw lamang sa ilalim ng crater ng Mt. Pinatubo at halos hindi po ramdam sa kanayunan o sa barangay o mga Aeta village sa taas,” ang pahayag ni Catacutan.

“Huwag lang tayong mag-alala. Ang gawin po natin ay dagdagan po natin ng ating panalangin. Sana ito ay hindi na po lumala at upang hindi na po natin muling maranasan ang klase ng pagputok ng Mt. Pinatubo noong 1991, 29 years ago,” dagdag pa niya.

Taong 1991 nang huling pumutok ang Mt. Pinatubo na itinuturing na pangalawa sa pinakamalakas o pinakamalaking pagsabog ng bulkan sa buong mundo sa nakalipas na 100 taon.

Mahigit sa 800 katao ang napaulat na nasawi sa nasabing pagsabog ng bulkan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Bryan Lacanlale)

DFA advises passport applicants in Paniqui, Tarlac to check emails for rescheduled appointments

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Consular Office in Paniqui, Tarlac announced that due to some technical issues experienced by the DFA’s Passport Online System, the office conducted adjustments which affected appointments already lodged in the system.

The DFA explained that the glitch caused oversubscribing in the Consular Office Paniqui’s 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM appointment slots.

As a result, the Department has rescheduled the appointments of most of these applicants in the same CO. 

Affected applicants may check their emails for the new appointment allotted by the agency.

Affected applicants are requested to bring a printout of the email along with the application form, e-receipt and other documentary requirements during their new scheduled date.

The Department may also accommodate some of these affected applicants in other Consular Offices next week by emailing the nearest Consular Office listed in the DFA Consular Offices directory with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Original appointment schedule in CO Paniqui
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The Department apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused, and assures the public that the DFA-OCA is continuously working to further improve the delivery of its services to the public. END

Affected applicants who require urgent passport service may contact DFA OCA at the following contact details:

  • 0977-353-3942 (Globe)
  • 0961-567-9324 (Smart)
  • 0961-084-4185 (Smart)

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)

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