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An independent research agency threw caution in the wind saying it has detected a Covid-19 surge in its early stages and “has already started in the National Capital Region.”
“This is a serious cause for concern” it said but news on the mother and son killing by a heartless cop seem to consume the attention of every “Juan” and all.
Even the tough guy as he portrays himself and perceived by many as such, President Rodrigo Duterte himself was allegedly shocked after Palace spokesman Harry Roque showed him the video grab of the brutal killing of mother and son by a seemingly “deranged” police officer in Tarlac on Sunday.
As such, extremely shocked by the now viral video even, the President ordered immediate incarceration of the perpetrator. He is now languishing in jail and may have to do so for the rest of his productive life.
Wracked by the latest infamous caper of one of his men, PNP chief PGen Debold Sinas also ordered his underlings to draw up a plan by which elements of the PNP must and will undergo “anger management” the soonest possible time.
Not to be outdone, the House of Representatives said it will also launch an investigation “in aid of legislation” on the hapless killing of civilians by the police officer from Paranaque vacationing in Tarlac.
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Duterte shocked by viral video
Even a tough guy like President Rodrigo Duterte was shocked after watching the viral video of the Tarlac shooting incident shown to him by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.
During his address to the nation late Monday night, Duterte condemned the “brutal” death of a mother and son in Tarlac in the hands of a policeman, saying the latter should rot in jail.
“I am sure that by now, he should not be allowed to go out because double murder ‘yon eh (that’s double murder). Double murder is a serious offense, a grave offense. So from the time you are arrested up to the time that you are haled to court to answer for the death of those two persons, innocent ones, walang bail ka (that has no bail),” he said.
“So ‘pag nahuli ka, dire-diretso na ‘yan (when you get caught, you head straight to jail). And I don’t think that you can escape the rigors of justice because nakuha sa TV pati ako napanganga (it was caught on TV, even I was surprised),” he added.
Duterte rejected the policeman’s abuse of power, noting that he was exhibiting authority while in plainclothes.
He described the cop as “crazy”, wondering how he passed his neuropsychiatric examinations, which is required of police applicants.
Congw Quimbo asks HOR to probe Tarlac shooting
MANILA — Saying that the fatal shooting of a mother and son by an off-duty policeman in Tarlac are symptoms of lapses in country’s law enforcement system, Marikina City Congresswoman Stella Luz Alabastro-Quimbo on Tuesday as he filed a resolution to investigate the tragic incident.
“Congress must act now to determine what reforms are needed to ensure that PNP personnel are of sound body and mind in the performance of their duties. Congress must also assess whether it is time to prohibit policemen from carrying guns while off-duty, as how it is in other countries,” Quimbo said.
Netizens were shocked and outraged upon seeing the video of Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca shooting at close range Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank, 25, on Sunday, December 20.
Even President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night, December 21, admitted being shocked when he watched the viral video of the killing of a mother and son by a police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac.
He described Nuezca as “may sakit sa utak” (crazy) and the incident as “too brutal.”
Victims of Paniqui brutal murder finally brought home
PANIQUI, Tarlac – The bodies of the two victims killed by PSSg. Jonel Y. Nuezca of the Paranaque City Crime Laboratory last Sunday afternoon, December 20, 2020, has finally been brought home to their house in Purok 2, Barangay Cabayaoasan in Paniqui, Tarlac from the mortuary at around 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
The two identified mother and son victims were Sonia F. Gregorio, 52, years old and Frank Anthony R. Gregorio, 25 years old and both were residents of the barangay.
Sonia was survived by her husband and 6 children while Frank was survived by his wife and a 1-year-old baby girl.
The incident of the fateful afternoon of December 20, 2020 was recorded by Sonia’s granddaughter.
Frank, along with his relatives were having a drinking session under a tree located at about 50 meters from their house. During their spree, they agreed to test their newly assembled “boga” and fire some shots.
Bugso ng COVID-19 sa Metro Manila ngayong kapaskuhan nagsimula na — OCTA Research
MANILA — Nagbabala ang OCTA Research Group na nagsimula na ang bugso ng COVID-19 s Metro Manila bago ang araw ng Pasko kasabay ng panawagan sa publiko na mahigpit na sumunod sa minimum health standards.
Ayon sa OCTA, ang reproduction rate, o ang bilang ng tao sa isang populasyon na posibleng mahawa ng isang virus carrier, ay umakyat patungong 1.15 mula 1.06 noong nakaraang linggo at lalo pa itong tumataas.
“It is in this light that we believe, based on our analysis of the data and of the past trends in the NCR (National Capital Region) that a surge in its early stages has already started in the region. This is a serious cause for concern,” ayon sa grupo.
Maaari pang mapigil ang bugso ngunit kailangan ang sama-samang pagkilos ng pamahalaan at publiko.
Hinikayat din ng OCTA ang mamamayan na iwasan ang mga matatao at saradong mga lugar at umiwas muna sa pagdalo sa mga pagtitipon ngayong kapaskuhan.
“While we must and we will celebrate Christmas, we should do so safely and responsibly, not just to ensure our own safety and well-being, but that of our families and our community,” wika ng grupo.
Binanggit ng grupo na tumaas ang bilang ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa Europa at Estados Unidos dahil sa mga party kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng kapaskuhan.
NBI confirms body found in Tarlac to be ex-CA justice
MANILA – The Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) confirmed Monday that it was former Court of Appeals associate justice Normandie Pizarro’s remains that was found in Capas, Tarlac last Oct. 30.
After the NBI confirmed that the body was Pizarro’s, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the bureau is focusing on four persons of interest in the case.
“One of them is willing to divulge what he knows,” Guevarra said.
The examination of the remains was completed this week. “The NBI forensic chemistry division report showed a 99.9999 percent DNA match,” Guevarra said.
Pizarro’s black Honda Accord sedan was recovered in San Simon, Pampanga. He was last seen alive at a casino in Clark on Oct. 23.
On March 13, 2018, the Supreme Court en banc, acting on an anonymous-letter complaint, fined Pizarro PHP100,000 after the tribunal found him “guilty of conduct unbecoming of a member of the judiciary”.
The administrative matter arose from an anonymous letter-complaint charging Pizarro of habitually gambling in casinos, “selling” decisions, and immorally engaging in an illicit relationship.
PBA bubble receives high approval rating from Dizon
MANILA — THE recently-concluded PBA bubble received a high rating approval from no less than the Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Action Plan Against COVID-19.
Secretary Vince Dizon said the league deserves more than just a passing grade after it managed to traverse its 45th season with the successful staging of the Philippine Cup at Clark, Pampanga.
Barangay Ginebra won the championship after beating TnT Tropang Giga in five games of the finals.
“Conservatively, siguro nasa mga 90 percent ang aking rating,” he said Tuesday when asked in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) webcast Forum on how he would rate the bubble conference on a scale of 1 to 100. “Ang pinaka-importante ay walang nagkasakit.”
There were challenges met along the way, but Asia’s first ever play-for-league survived the test and got the job done in what was the most trying time in its long, rich history.
That wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation and help of the PBA hierarchy led by Commissioner Willie Marcial, who joined Dizon in the online session presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Romance blooming between Jimuel Pacquiao and Star Magic talent Arabella del Rosario
MANILA—-THE eldest son of people champ and Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Jimuel, seems to be in a romantic mode again as he sent netizens abuzz when he posted photos with Star Magic talent Arabella Del Rosario this week.
Insinuating there is love blooming between them, Jimuel even shared on his Twitter account two solo photos of Arabella, just to say “hi” to her.
Arabella, in return, responded in her post and commented “hi cutie” followed by a lovestruck emoji.
In the next post, Arabella shared two photos showing her and Jimuel holding hands while they are both in the young Pacquiao’s car.
And in another picture is shown Jimuel about to kiss Arabella’s hand.
Because of their respective posts, netizens are convinced that the two are dating each other, and they believe that it all started when they met in Star Magic. (AI/MTVN)