The Inquirer | Duterte calls killings by off-duty cop in Philippines 'too brutal'

Published on 22 Dec 2020 5:30:37 PM

Even for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the sight of an off-duty policeman killing in cold blood a mother and a son she was desperately trying to protect was too brutal.

"I don't think that you can escape the rigours of justice because it was caught on TV. Even I am dumbfounded. That's unfair and too brutal," Duterte said during his televised Cabinet meeting on Monday night (Dec 21).

The incident on Dec 20 saw sergeant Jonel Nuezca shooting at close range Sonya Gregorio and her son Anthony Gregorio during a heated exchange over a land boundary dispute in Paniqui municipality in Tarla province.

The incident was caught on camera.