Dapat bitay ang parusa


Alagad ng kadiliman, at hindi ng batas, itong si Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca. Pinasok ng demonyo ang utak niya noong Linggo ng hapon ng biglang pinagbabaril ang mag-inang Sonya Gregorio at ang anak nitong si Frank Anthony Gregorio sa Paniqui, Tarlac. Nothing can justify what he did as a human being. That he is a police officer made the crime even more grave. Nuezca showed cruelty that has no place in society.

It was a simple altercation between neighbors. Voices turned loud and angry. But Nuezca decided to settle the argument with his government-issued pistol. He shot and killed mother and son even if they posed no danger to him. His evil deed captured on video showed a man with no mercy, a beast in the guise of a policeman. The outrage that exploded across the country is only right. What he did must be condemned.

As expected, the opposition was quick to pounce on the double murder case to attack President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The likes of FVP Leni Robredo, communist legislator Carlos Zarate and disgraced Cavalier Antonio Trillanes blamed it on what they call culture of killings in the country. Gusto nilang i-ugnay ang nangyari sa giyera ni Pangulong Duterte laban sa droga. Marami na raw na inosenteng buhay ang nawala, at ang pagkamatay ng mag-ina ay dagdag sa bilang ng mga biktima.

This is far from the truth. The evil deed of Nuezca was an aberration. Tama po ang sinabi ng PNP Director General Debold Sinas: this is an isolated case. Alam po natin na marami ang abusado sa ating Philippine National Police. Pero hindi po ito nangyari dahil sa opisyal na trabaho ni Nuezca. Walang kaugnayan sa tungkulin niya bilang pulis ang kanyang pag-uwi doon sa Paniqui, Tarlac. At lalong walang kinalaman sa kanyang pagkapulis ang pamamaril niya sa mga biktima.

The entire country is deep in shock with what happened, and an anger is sweeping across the archipelago as well as around the globe where Filipinos are. But it would be unfair to condemn the entire PNP organization, and the government, for the crime. As I explained in my YouTube video, crimes like this happen because there are weaknesses in the PNP organization and its culture. It boils down to one thing: lack of discipline.

Ang pinakamalaking pagkamali na nangyari ay ginawang “civilian in character” ang PNP. Dati, ang Philippine Constabulary ay bahagi ng military, at lahat na patakaran sa loob ng Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines at Coast Guard ay alinsunod sa military law and justice. Malaki ang pagkaiba pagdating sa disiplina ng mga kasapi nito. Noong binuo ang PNP, naging subject to civil service rules and regulations ang mga kapulisan, at naging “lax” pagdating sa disiplina.

Kung military law and justice ang umi-iral sa PNP, ay siguro maari itong parusahan ng kamatayan sa FIRING SQUAD si Nuezca. Mabilis ang hustisya sa military. Unfortunately, he is outside the ambit of military law and justice. At he is guaranteed all the rights and privileges under the Bill of Rights.

What happened is a wake-call for our legislators to heed the call of President Duterte to reinstate the death penalty. Kailangan natin ang bagsik ng batas sa pamagitan ng parusang kamatayan. Nuezca deserves to die for what he has done. It should be done to serve as warning to society at large that heinous crimes will be dealt with severely. Walang awa dapat na ipakita sa kanya.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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