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PNP dismisses cop who killed mother, son in Tarlac

Rambo Talabong
PNP dismisses cop who killed mother, son in Tarlac

DISMISSED. Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca's mugshot.

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Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca showed 'his unworthiness to remain in the police service,' says the Philippine National Police
PNP dismisses cop who killed mother, son in Tarlac

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, the Parañaque policeman who was caught on video shooting dead a mother and son in Paniqui, Tarlac on December 20, 2020.

PNP chief General Debold Sinas made the announcement on Monday, January 11, after the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) recommended Nuezca dismissed.

Sinas said Nuezca’s dismissal was effective immediately.

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In its report to Sinas about its administrative investigation, the IAS said it found Nuezca guilty of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

“Taking into consideration all the pieces of evidence submitted by the parties and the admission of the respondent, he seriously compromised his character and standing in the Philippine National Police, which shows his unworthiness to remain in the police service,” the report read.

For the twin killings on December 20, 2020, Nuezca has been charged with two counts of murder. During his arraignment on January 7, he pled “not guilty.” – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.