On Monday morning, several celebrities joined netizens in demanding justice for the mother and son who were shot dead by a policeman in Paniqui, Tarlac.
The now-viral video showed Parañaque police officer Jonel Nuezca, 46, shooting Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, following a “petty quarrel” on Sunday afternoon.
The Philippine STAR quoted Paniqui police chief Lt. Colonel Ronel Rombaoa as saying that the heated argument erupted after Nuezca, who was off-duty at that time, was annoyed over Gregorio’s “boga,” an improvised canon made of PVC pipe around 5:10 p.m. on Sunday.
Rombaoa said the confrontation escalated when both unearthed their long-standing grudge over their property’s right of way.
In the video, Sonya was seen reining in her son and reacting when the policeman’s minor daughter interfered and shouted at her.
The hashtags #StopTheKillingsPH, #JusticeforSonyaGregorio and #PulisAngTerorista quickly trended on Twitter Philippines.
Kapuso artist Maine Mendoza quickly reacted to the incident, sharing her disbelief at how far the argument has gotten.
“Sorry Lord pero sobrang kasi yun eh. Sobra yung ginawa niya. Hustisya para sa mag-inang Gregorio. #STOPTHEKILLINGS,” she wrote.
Another Kapuso celebrity, Kyline Alcantara expressed her anger over the incident. She addressed the daughter of Nuezca who used her policeman father as defense in their argument.
“No, hija. Your father is a criminal and you’re a spoiled brat that knows how to speak English, but doesn’t know right manners,” she said.
Maris Racal also shared her disbelief at how easy it was for the policeman to fire his gun.
“Grabe ganun na lang kabilis talaga pumatay no????? #STOPTHEKILLINGS,” she posted.
Television host Robi Domingo called for justice, asking for the Philippine National Police’s commitment to “serve and protect.”
“WE NEED JUSTICE. FILIPINOS DESERVE BETTER. #StopTheKillingsPH,” he wrote.
Assunta de Rossi agreed with actor and writer Juan Miguel Severo when he noted that the younger Nuezca’s actions were caused by bad parenting.
“Biktima din siya dahil mali ang alam nya. Heartbreaking. Sana may oras pa. Napakabrutal,” she said.
YouTube vlogger Mimiyuuuh asked Filipinos who supported the United States’ #BlackLivesMatter movement to help in demanding justice for Sonya and Anthony.
Filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone shared a publication material of President Rodrigo Duterte from 2016 saying that he will protect his men.
Duterte repeatedly made this statement in the context of his administration’s “war on drugs”.
Angel Locsin, on the other hand, urged the “good cops” to condemn the bad ones among their ranks.
Meanwhile, DILG Sec. Eduardo Año condemned the shooting and vowed that Nuezca will “account for his crimes” but maintained it was an unfortunate and isolated incident.
“The sin of Nuezca is not the sin of the entire Philippine National Police. As we have seen during this pandemic, they place their very lives on the line as frontliners in our COVID response,” he said.
As of writing, the Nuezca has already surrendered himself to the authorities for killing the unarmed mother and son.