'Dramatic' introduction to killer cop's verdict piques netizens' curiosity

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FILE PHOTO: Scales of justice and wooden gavel. (Photo: Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Scales of justice and wooden gavel. (Photo: Getty Images)

“Feature writing.” "Creative." "Dramatic."

This is how netizens described the introduction to the verdict on the double-murder case of dismissed cop Jonel Nuezca.

With a touch of dramatic flair, the person who penned the ruling strayed from the custom formal manner in which official court documents are written.

The author painted quite the picture by juxtaposing the holiday “merriment” to the cold-blooded murder of an elderly woman and his son.

Screenshot of court decision on Jonel Nuezca's case
Screenshot of court decision on Jonel Nuezca's case

The first paragraph reads:

It is the most wonderful time of the year, for it is but five days before Christmas. Despite the pandemic, Filipinos, here and abroad, will still celebrate the Christmas, albeit with modifications. When all other parts of the country are abuzz and jubilant for merriment, gun shots were heard from a peaceful town. Bang! Bang! The sound of a caliber 9mm Pietro Beretta which took two lives in a split second. The gun was from a police officer. Yelling, screaming, and crying are defeaning. As if a scene in a motion picture, and the actors and actresses delivered their act the way the movie director wanted them to act. But, it was not. For there were no cuts and there were no take twos. Two bloodied bodies, one from a mother and the other, her son, fell on the ground. Lifeless. Breathless. The peaceful town became the hot potato.”

This is how some netizens reacted:

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It was in December of last year that the video of Police SMSgt. Jonel Nuezca shooting Sonya and Frank Gregorio at point-blank range in front of his own daughter went viral. As the footage showed, both victims were innocent, unarmed, and in the safety of their own house when they were ruthlessly murdered. The incident sparked widespread uproar and brought to light concerns over extrajudicial killings and the rise in cases of police brutality.

Under the Duterte administration, the country witnessed the killings of ordinary citizens, activists, lawyers and advocates of human rights. President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war has led to thousands of unlawful killings, including those of innocent children; Kian de los Santos, 17, Carl Arnaiz, 19, and Danica Garcia, 3. His militaristic lockdown also caused the murder of Winston Ragos, a veteran soldier with mental health issues who was accused of breaching quarantine protocols.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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