‘Show no mercy’: Lacson says cop in Tarlac shooting should rot in jail

“If what’s on video tells the whole story, I enjoin the Philippine National Police leadership to show no mercy. They should spare no effort to make sure that he rots in jail. He’s the last policeman that they need in the force,” Senator Ping Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said December 21 in a statement.

This is after a viral video showed Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca shooting Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio in Purok 2, Barangay Cabayaoasan, Paniqui, Tarlac afternoon of December 20. 

Senior Master Sergeant Nuezca surrendered to Rosales Pangasinan Municipal Police Station an hour after the crime happened.

“As a policy recommendation, policemen should turn in their issued firearms to their unit’s armorer or supply officer when on off-duty status. That said, they should not be issued Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) while still in the active service,” said the senator.

“The PNP should always uphold its motto “To Serve and Protect.” That includes taking appropriate steps to protect our people from scalawags in their ranks, whether they are on duty or not,” he added.