Cop behind Tarlac double murder has 2 other homicide, grave misconduct cases

Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, the officer who killed a mother and her son in Tarlac, has been indicted for double murder.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Tarlac upon inquest, found probable cause to indict Nuezca for two counts of murder.
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The policeman shot Sonya Rufino Gregorio, 52, and her son, Frank Anthony, residents of Barangay Cabayaoasan on Sunday during a heated confrontation. Mother and son died.

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Nuezca, who has a history of criminal and administrative cases, surrendered to police after the incident.

Based on his records, Nuezca was first suspended for 10 days in February 2010 for undisclosed reasons.

In 2013, he faced an administrative case for grave misconduct, but was unpunished after the case was "dropped and closed."

He was again suspended for 31 days in December 2015 after "refusing to [undergo a] drug test and leaving the testing area without permission/clearance" from National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) inspectors, according to the document.

In 2016, he was charged for "serious neglect of duty" for failing to "attend [a] court hearing as prosecution witness of a drug case," it read.

"A case of grave misconduct carries a punishment of dismissal," said Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who served as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) before he was elected to the Senate.

"'Yung refusal niya to undergo drug test and leaving the premises without permission should have prodded the PNP or NAPOLCOM to watch or monitor his activities as he might be a drug user at least," he told.

(His refusal to undergo drug test and leaving the premises without permission should have prodded the PNP or NAPOLCOM to watch or monitor his activities as he might be a drug user at least.)

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas earlier condemned the incident and called it an "isolated case."

"The PNP considers this as an isolated involvement of the person of PSSg (Nuezca). In no way will such incident affect the sworn duty of the 221,000 police personnel to serve and protect our people," he said in a statement.

"Again, let me express my sincere condolences to the family of the victims, and I am extending to them any form of assistance within my power as chief PNP to appease their emotions in this unexpected time of grief."

Several senators earlier condemned the killing and underscored that "impunity" in the system may have been encouraging police to be "trigger-happy."

Guevarra earlier said the Department of Justice will ensure justice is served.

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