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Women, child rights groups urge public to stop cyberbullying Nuezca’s daughter

Groups protecting women and children’s rights appealed to the public to spare the young daughter of Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca from cyberbullying.

In a statement, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) stressed that Nuezca’s daughter, like any other child, has the right to be protected from all kinds of violence.

“What the video showed us is only her surface – a possible manifestation of her environment and many other factors that we did not witness and so we do not have the right to judge,” the PCW said on Wednesday, December 23.

Nuezca’s daughter was beside him as he shot dead their neighbors Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio in Tarlac last Sunday, December 20. Moments before the shooting, the cop's daughter shouted, "My father is a policeman!"

The confrontation and the Gregorios' murder was caught on video. As the video went viral, Nuezca’s daughter also drew criticism online.

"Instead of public ridicule, judgment, uncalled-for sharing of her pictures, and digging into her life, she needs appropriate intervention and rehabilitation. Let us show compassion to her – the very same thing that we demand from agents of the law," the PCW said.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) earlier said cyberbullying will not help the child learn the consequences of her actions.

“Instigating condemnation and negative reaction towards her will make us no different from the real perpetrator who should be held accountable,” the CWC added.

The child's ability to regulate her emotions is also still not fully developed, noted the CWC. The focus, added the group, should be on holding the policeman accountable for his actions.

Protecting women's rights

The PCW also condemned the "brazen" shooting.

"Every woman, like every human being, has the right to be protected from all kinds of violence and her life should not be taken from her by anyone, much more by police officers," the commission said.

The group is concerned that the incident could cause fear among women who may be discouraged from seeking help from police.

"We want women who fall victims to any crime, especially the Violence Against Women survivors, to be able to trust that our police officers enforce the law, and not put it in their own hands," said the PCW. – Rappler.com