Heart-wrenching, disgusting, and pure evil.
These were the sentiments of some celebrities such as Maine Mendoza, Bela Padilla, Julie Anne San Jose, and Robi Domingo after watching the viral and disconcerting video showing Parañaque police officer Jonel Nuezca gunning down Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 20.
The video has been making the rounds online since Sunday evening, and has made the hashtags #JusticeForSonyaGregorio, #EndPoliceBrutality, #PULISANGTERORISTA, along with other keywords such as Jonel Nuezca, TO SERVE AND PROTECT, and Tarlac trend on Twitter.
Kapuso actress Maine Mendoza were among the first celebrities who voiced out her opinion on the distressing incident. “Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mararamdaman ko pero pwede bang barilin ka nalang sa harap ng anak mo? Sorry Lord, pero sobra kasi ‘yun, e. Sobra ‘yung ginawa niya. Hustisya para sa mag-inang Gregorio,” she wrote.
“Bihira nalang mag-check ng Twitter, ‘yun pa talaga bubungad sayo. Ang sakit talaga sa puso,” she added.
BAKIT KAILANGANG UMABOT DOON? Hindi ko kaya, grabe, Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mararamdaman ko pero pwede bang barilin ka nalang din sa harap ng anak mo? Sorry Lord pero sobra kasi yun eh. Sobra yung ginawa niya. Hustisya para sa mag-inang Gregorio. #STOPTHEKILLINGS— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) December 20, 2020
Maine’s fellow Kapuso star Julie Anne San Jose had the same sentiments. “Ang sakit sa puso. Napakaimoral. #StopTheKillingsPH,” she tweeted.
Ang sakit sa puso. Napakaimmoral. #StopTheKillingsPH— JULIE ANNE SAN JOSE (@MyJaps) December 21, 2020
Kapuso star Kyline Alcantara, on the other hand, called out the daughter of Nuezca, a minor who also got herself involved in the encounter and can be heard in the video telling off Sonya that her father is a policeman. “No, hija. Your father is a criminal and you’re a spoiled brat that knows how to speak English, but doesn’t know right manners. Nakakagalit sobra. Ang sakit sa puso,” the actress said.
No, hija. Your father is a criminal, and you're a little spoiled brat that knows how to speak English, but doesn't know right manners. NAKAKAGALIT SOBRA. Ang sakit sa puso. #STOPTHEKILLINGS— Kyline Alcantara ? (@2002kyline) December 20, 2020
Gabbi Garcia likewise rebuked the daughter of Nuezca. “I hope your ‘policeman’ father rots in jail. He is a murderer,” the GMA-7 star tweeted.
— Gabbi Garcia ♡ (@gabbi) December 21, 2020
#StopTheKillings ENOUGH. Came across the video and my heart is crying for the mother and son who died. ENOUGH! TAMA NA.— Gabbi Garcia ♡ (@gabbi) December 20, 2020
Alessandra De Rossi, meanwhile, noted that the daughter's action was a result of her upbringing. “Poor child. ’Di naman Niya alam ang difference ng father, policeman, at mamamatay-tao. Magkakaiba ‘yun,” the actress tweeted. “Hindi malinaw na tinuro sa kanya ‘yun. Biktima din siya dahil mali ang alam niya. Heartbreaking. Sana may oras pa.’
Poor child, di naman nya alam ang difference ng FATHER, POLICEMAN at MAMAMATAY-TAO. magkakaiba yun. Maraming mabuting ama at pulis. Ibang usapan yung 3rd. Hindi malinaw na tinuro sa kanya yun. Bikitma din sya dahil mali ang alam nya. Heartbreaking. Sana may oras pa. Napakabrutal. https://t.co/5KfWSMPrn1— alessandra de rossi (@msderossi) December 21, 2020
Kapamilya actress Maris Racal couldn’t believe how “easy” it was for Nuezca to murder the mother and son. “Woke up to that video. Grabe, ganoon nalang kabilis talaga pumatay, no? #STOPTHEKILLINGS,” she tweeted.
woke up to that video. Grabe ganun na lang kabilis talaga pumatay no????? #STOPTHEKILLINGS— Maris Racal (@MissMarisRacal) December 21, 2020
TV host Robi Domingo is “disgusted” over the idea that the Philippine National Police is allegedly failing in their mission “to serve and protect” the Filipino people. “Where’s the commitment to serve and protect!? This disgusts me,” the Kapamilya star said. “‘Tapos we’ll hear the words , ‘We’ll investigate it.’ We need justice. Filipinos deserve better,” he added.
Just saw this video. Where's the commitment to serve and to protect!? This disgusts me.— Robi Domingo (@robertmarion) December 21, 2020
Tapos, we'll hear the words, "We'll investigate it." WE NEED JUSTICE. FILIPINOS DESERVE BETTER. ??#StopTheKillingsPH
Like Robi, ABS-CBN actress Angel Locsin wants the police to live by their oath, as she tweeted, “Good cops should condemn bad cops. Remember the motto, #ToServeAndToProtect.”
Good cops should condemn bad cops.— Angel Locsin (@143redangel) December 21, 2020
Remember the motto, #ToProtectAndToServe
Bela Padilla said what Nuezca did was “pure evil.”
The 46-year-old Nuezca is now under police custody after he surrendered at the Rosales, Pangasinan police station an hour after the incident. He will reportedly face murder charges over the killing of Sonya, 52, and Frank, 25.
Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said that "the evidence is very strong against him that is why he was already under our custody and will be charged."