AS IF the pandemic is not enough to weigh us down this Christmas season, another sad news occurred that make us really wonder, how can we celebrate despite all the negativity all around us now?
I am talking about the shooting incident in Paniqui, Tarlac involving a policeman who shot dead two persons only because of a heated argument which could have been resolved in the most appropriate way possible. According to reports, policeman Jonel Nuezca shot at close range mother and son Sonya and Frank Gregorio after confronting the Gregorio Family for using a boga or improvised canon made of bamboo.
Being in authority such as being a uniformed personnel is in fact more of a responsibility than a privilege. However, with this incident it seemed that the suspect clearly had taken justice into his hands for choosing to kill the victims using the gun issued to him as a policeman. It could have been a different story if he was there to enforce law and order, but it was pretty clear that he has taken authority by himself to arrest Frank Gregorio for causing disturbance to the neighborhood because of the improvised canon.
I am sure Jonel Nuezca is in deep guilt and regret as of now. For one, he has taken the lives of two individuals and has put blood in his
hands. Secondly, his actions certainly tainted the already in limbo image of the Philippine National Police. As I have read in a FB post, pity the good cops. Nuezca may be likened to a rotten tomato that needs to be taken out of the basket before turning the other good ones into rotten ones too.
As for his daughter, who even bragged about having a policeman for a dad, sorry but you're not-so-well manners are all over the place right now. I have mentioned above that being in public service is not something that should be bragged about because it is all about serving people. As for his father's case, he should have been an element of the government to keep peace and not be the one causing the dispute. People may seem afraid of your family and does not want to have an argument for fear of their lives, but this is far from fostering an atmosphere of being a role model as a public servant.
Finally, to our officials who may have authority to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again. I think it's really high time to discipline all our policemen and other uniformed personnel and develop a sense of moral and social obligation to the people they should serve. They have to always keep in mind that their authority is bound by the limitations of human rights and all existing laws and regulations that are being enforced in our society to maintain law and order at all times.