Dispute over firecrackers lead to mother and son Sonya and Anthony Gregorio shot dead by police officer Jonel Nuezca

A video has been making the rounds on social media today depicting disturbing footage of what many describe as just the most recent incident of police-perpetrated violence. The police officer on the video has been identified as Jonel Nuezca. A report published on the Daily Tribune describes the incident in the detail available at the time…

The suspect was identified as PSMS Jonel Nuezca, 46, and an active member of the Philippine National Police assigned in Parañaque City Crime laboratory, according to the police report.

Killed were Sonya Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, both residents of Brgy. Cabayaoasan, Paniqui, Tarlac.

The shooting incident happened around 5:10 p.m. and was captured on video showing Nuezca, also a resident of the said barangay, engaged in a heated confrontation with the victims before drawing his handgun and shooting the two.

Anthony Gregorio is restrained by his mother Sonya Gregorio as police officer Jonel Nuezca engages them.

Just seconds before the shooting, a girl, apparently the daughter of Nuezca, approaches and yells at Sonya Gregorio, “My father is a police man!”, to which Gregorio responds; “I don’t care e..e..eh…eh…EH”. Nuezca then says to Gregorio, “Tang-ina mo gusto mong tapusin kita ngayon, ha?” (“[cursing], do you want me to finish you off now?”) after which he shoots her point blank in the head, turns to shoots Anthony twice, then shoots Sonya (by then, lying on the ground) one more time in the head.

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Leading up to that point (4 minutes and 27 seconds into the video), a chaotic scene plays out where a shirtless Anthony Gregorio is seemingly being physically restrained by his mother Sonya while Nuezca hovers menacingly close to them.

Through most of the video until Nuezca’s daughter speaks and then shots are fired, various people surrounding the three seem to be pleading to Anthony to shut up. Anthony appears to have been verbally taunting Nuezca. A man who seems to have been trying to diffuse the situation and negotiate with Nuezca on behalf of the Gregorios is seen attempting to put his hand over Anthony Gregorio’s mouth to silence him. The same man is also heard appealing for all to wait for Barangay officials to arrive at the scene.

A man attempts to muzzle Anthony Gregorio while trying to appease Nuezca and diffuse the situation.

According to some accounts of the series of events that led to this video (i.e., the missing part of the whole story), Anthony Gregorio had allegedly been firing a boga (a device used to set off firecrackers) that annoyed the Nuezcas. This could also explain the animosity between the Gregorios and the Nuezcas that is evident in the video. Observers commenting on the video suggest that they are neighbours and that there may be substantial history between the two families that may have led to this unfortunate incident.

6 Replies to “Dispute over firecrackers lead to mother and son Sonya and Anthony Gregorio shot dead by police officer Jonel Nuezca”

  1. Sounds like another ammunition for the electoral campaign of the Liberal Party and those who support them. Anyway, bad police man must be punished.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if those leftist wokes would try to call out the abolishment of the Philippine National Police (PNP) due to their annoying ‘Pulis ang Terrorista’ hashtags.

  2. Because demoralizing the police force is not beneficial to the peaceful culture of criminals and druggies. It seems the opposition are kept safe from the “culture of violence.” They must be doing something right.

  3. I cannot prejudge the case….it is up to the Court of Law of the country to judge the case.

    Of course, some Policemen, are prone to be abusive, because of their position. Some people, really hate policemen.

    The guilty in the case, must be punished…two people are dead; and this Police Officer, can spend the rest of his life in prison, if convicted.

    Bring back the Death Penalty, it is the only way , we can reduce the population of the National Penitentiary !!! It is a good deterrent to criminals !!!

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