Trigger warning: This post contains details of gun-related violence.
Hours after Filipinos woke up to the news of yet another murder involving a police officer, the hashtag #PulisAngTerorista — “the police are the terrorists” — trended on Twitter as citizens expressed their anger and outrage.
The shooting of 52-year-old Lilybeth Valdez, by off-duty police officer Hensie Zinampan happened last night, at around 9:30pm on May 31, 2021, in Brgy. Greater Fairview, Quezon City. A witness sitting near the victim recorded a video of Zinampan approaching Valdez with his firearm drawn and hidden behind his back. Zinampan grabbed Valdez by the hair and shot the victim point-blank. There were children recorded on the video, apparently also witnesses to the incident.
The video was uploaded to Facebook by Valdez’s grandson, and was widely circulated on social media after news of the shooting came out. The video was used as evidence in the suspect’s arrest, as Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar ordered the filing of administrative charges against Zinampan this morning.
There were over 57.8K tweets as of 2:30pm using the #PulisAngTerorista hashtag, nearly double what it was just an hour before.
In December 2020, police officer Jonel Nuezca caused similar outrage when he was recorded on video shooting his neighbors, Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio, in a domestic altercation. Citizens drew connections between Nuezca and Gregorio, citing what they say is a culture of violence in the PNP.
This article, #PulisAngTerorista trends as video surfaces of a cop shooting a woman in QC, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.