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Fatal arrogance by abusive cop shocks PH

MANILA — The whole country still cannot get over a viral video where a policeman was seen shooting to death his neighbors — a 52-year-old mother and his 25-year-old son — due to a petty quarrel in Paniqui, Tarlac.

Land dispute was allegedly the root cause of  the fatal shooting perpetrated by an abusive cop suspect.

Murder charges have been filed before the Paniqui, Tarlac Regional Trial Court against Senior M/Sgt. Jonel Nuezca of Barangay Cabayaosan, Paniqui, Tarlac for the killing of Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony.

Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Manuel M. Pascua. Jr. recommended no bail for Nuezca.

Nuezca, based on records from the Philippine National Police (PNP), has faced several cases in the past. These include two homicide charges in May and December last year, which were both dismissed for lack of substantial evidence.

A case for serious neglect of duty against him for failing to attend court hearings as a prosecution witness in a drug case was also dropped in 2016.

In 2014, he was suspended for 21 days due to less grave neglect of duty for refusing drug tests and leaving the testing area without permission.

Cop in Tarlac shooting to ‘rot in jail’: Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday denounced the killing of a mother and son by a police officer in Tarlac as he vowed justice for the victims.

“Mariin kong kinokondena ang brutal na pagpatay ng pulis sa mag-inang Sonya at Frank Gregorio sa Paniqui, Tarlac kahapon. Hindi natin palalampasin ito. Nakikiramay ako sa mga naulilang pamilya. (I condemn this brutal killing by a policeman of Sonya and Frank Gregorio of Paniqui, Tarlac. We will not allow this to go unpunished. We extend our condolences to the family

Go also assured that President Rodrigo Duterte and his office would provide assistance in any form to the kin of the victims and that the perpetrator of the “senseless crime” would be brought to justice.

“Nananawagan ako sa ating otoridad na siguraduhing mabubulok sa kulungan ang taong ito at malinis dapat ang hanay ng kapulisan upang matanggal ang mga bulok sa sistema (I call on the authorities to ensure that this person would rot in jail and the ranks of our policemen be cleaned of scalawags),” he added.

While stressing that they are supportive of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Go said the government will not tolerate any abuse of law enforcers.

COVID-19 PH UPDATE: DOH reports 1,721 infections Monday

MANILA — The Department of Health has on Monday reported 1,721 new infections of the coronavirus disease and the country’s caseload rose to 461,505 although the number of survivors or recoveries is not too far behind.

The DOH said there were only 82 new recoveries but its overall tally is close behind at 429,207.

As such, active cases of the killer disease stay at 21,708 (4.7%) that is, distributed nationwide of Covid-19 patients who are still undergoing treatment or quarantine in different hospitals and isolation centers.

Fatalities, meantime, rose to 8,957 with the addition of 10 more deaths, lowest so far in the past five days.

Notwithstanding, that and the declining cases of Covid-19, the government still reminded everyone to strictly adhere to health protocols as much as possible especially with the coming of the Christmas day where family reunions and other form of gatherings are expected.

Firms to hike oil prices ahead of Christmas

MANILA – Motorists will have to pay more for fuel ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Starting Tuesday morning, gasoline prices will increase by PHP0.75 per liter, while diesel prices will go up by PH0.85 per liter.

The announcement came from oil players, such as Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, Seaoil, Shell, and Total.

Seaoil and Shell will likewise implement a price hike on kerosene products by PHP0.80 per liter.

This is the seventh consecutive week of price increases for diesel and kerosene while gasoline prices have been on the rise for four straight weeks.

Bea Alonzo confesses real score with John Lloyd Cruz: I’m always in love with him

MANILA – The tandem of Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz is one of the most followed love teams in the showbiz industry having been paired in numerous movie projects that became blockbusters in the big screen for years.

Popoy and Basha, as they are sometimes called because of their roles in several movie sequels, have denied numerous times that there is romantic involvement in real-life amid the enduring popularity of their love team.

However, in an interview with celebrity doctor Aivee Teo, Bea confessed that she has always been in love with John Lloyd, her longtime on-screen partner.

“I’m always in love with him. I feel like our partnership will never work if I was not in love with him. So nandoon lagi ‘yun,” she said.

“I think I said this before doon sa interview ko with G3 (San Diego) na ‘yung relationship namin, lahat na napagdaanan. We were friends, we were enemies, we were almost lovers. ‘Yung relationship namin, nata-transcend niya na ‘yung level of just romance. Now, he’s more than just that to me. That’s the beauty of it,” she added.

Bea presumes that she may also be “in love with the idea of what we are.”

Azkals’ youth hopeful joins Thai football club

MANILA – Mar Diano is set to join two more Filipino footballers at Thai League 1 (T1) club Muangthong United.

Azkals coach Scott Cooper confirmed on Monday that Diano, a product of the national team’s developmental squad, is joining Muangthong.

“We feel that it’s a good move because Muangthong is a strong club with a big history,” Cooper said.

Muangthong is known as the first Thai club to win the T1, then known as the Thailand Premier League, championship after two consecutive promotions, doing the trick in 2009 after ruling the Thailand Division 2, which in 2017 became Thai League 4 following the creation of the then new Thai League 3, in 2007 and the Thailand Division 1, now known as Thai League 2, in 2008.

Diano is joining fellow Azkals Development Team (ADT) player Jarvey Gayoso and Azkals veteran Daisuke Sato at Muangthong.

Cooper said that Diano and Gayoso are set to fly to Bangkok later this month to finalize their new contracts. (AI/MTVN)

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