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Cop who killed neighbors in Tarlac dismissed by the PNP from service

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Jan 11, 2021 12:43 am

Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, who fatally shot his neighbors Sonya and Frank Gregorio in Paniqui, Tarlac in December 2020, has been dismissed from police service.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas in a press conference announced on Monday Nuezca’s dismissal after the recommendation of the PNP Internal Affairs Service, which found Nuezca guilty of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca is currently detained at the BJMP in Paniqui, Tarlac. Photo by Michael Varcas/The Philippine STAR

Sinas also added that NCR Police Office regional director Brig. Gen. Vic Danao Jr. already implemented Nuezca’s dismissal.

Nuezca, who was caught on video gunning down his neighbors, pleaded not guilty during the arraignment and pre-trial on Jan. 7.

He faces two murder cases at the Tarlac Regional Trial Court Branch 106 and is currently detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Paniqui, Tarlac. Prior to this case, Nuezca had been charged with two homicide cases and multiple administrative cases and grave misconduct.

Nuezca’s killing of the Gregorios sparked an outpouring of outrage on social media over police brutality.