/ 25 December 2020

STUDENT leaders from De La Salle University condemned the killing of a mother and her son in Paniqui, Tarlac by a police officer.

“We, the Lasallian community, must unite in denouncing these unjust acts that have been allowed for far too long. We must actively seek to end the culture of impunity that exists in society which constantly diverts justice and accountability from those who instigate these crimes,” the student leaders said in a statement.

Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank were shot dead by Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca during a heated argument.

“From Kian delos Santos to Sonya and Frank Gregorio, the violence in our society is alarming becoming part of the new normal. The police are empowered to act with impunity, our lawyers and doctors are being gunned down on the streets, and our activists being constantly tagged as terrorists. The regime has enabled a culture of violence that will continue its course to destroy our society’s values and our nation’s soul,” the student leaders said.

“This act enraged us because the murder was caught on camera. However, this is just one of the seemingly endless cases of police brutality in our country and we must remind ourselves that violent acts against our people have been happening, and it will continue to happen —unless we put a stop to it,” they added.

Murder charges have been filed against Nuezca.