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CHR condemns police killing of unarmed mother, son in Tarlac

Rappler
CHR condemns police killing of unarmed mother, son in Tarlac
'Each and every police is expected to protect our rights. As such, it is unacceptable when they are the ones being at the forefront of perpetuating such human rights violations,' says the Commission on Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned on Monday, December 21, the killing of an unarmed mother and her son by a cop.

On Sunday evening, Police Corporal Jonel Nuezca shot dead Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank, 25, in Tarlac. A video of the shooting was caught on video and is circulating on social media.

“Such brazen, senseless killing deserves our strongest condemnation. While investigations continue to ascertain the reason for the altercation, no one deserves to be deprived of their life at whim,” the CHR said in their statement.

They said that the Philippine National Police ought to live by their motto, “To Serve and Protect.” The CHR added, “Each and every police is expected to protect our rights. As such, it is unacceptable when they are the ones being at the forefront of perpetuating such human rights violations.”

The agency also called on the government to conduct widespread investigations on allegations of arbitrary killing. They said: “Promises made by the government to uplift the human rights condition in the country must translate into the improvements of the situation on the ground. We have seen deaths after deaths. How much more until the killings stop?”

The CHR will be conducting their own investigation on the incident through their regional office.

The rights group also called on the public not to vilify the minor seen in the video of the shooting. Nuezca’s daughter was beside him when he shot the Gregorios. – Rappler.com