PANIQUI, Tarlac: Scores of citizens from various parts of the country are coming to the wake of slain mother and son Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio in their home in Barangay Cabayaoasan here to offer their sympathies to the bereaved family.

Police Senior Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 3 - Sympathizers troop to Gregorios’ wake
Police Senior Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca (Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-3). PNA

A group of residents from Cavite, for example, expressed condolences to Florentino Gregorio, father of 25-year-old Frank Anthony and husband of 52-year-old Sonya, who were shot dead by Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca on Sunday, and handed over some assistance.

The residents, who will not be named for privacy, said they decided to visit the wake after seeing the video of the killing in social media and felt sorry for the incident.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas said he sees a strong case against Nuezca in wake of the result of initial investigation that confirmed the bullets that killed the Gregorios came from the policeman’s firearm.

Sinas, who on Tuesday also paid a visit to the wake of the Gregorios and to Paniqui Municipal Jail where Nuezca is currently detained, said they are awaiting the result of the paraffin test that will further concretize evidence against the suspect.

A strong evidence, according to Sinas, is a video of the fatal shooting that was taken by a 16-year-old girl whom authorities will ask to testify.

“The video is strong evidence. I hope that the other witnesses will help us with the case. We will continue to talk to them,” he said.

The PNP director general gave instruction to Paniqui police chief Noriel Rombaoa to talk to Nuezca and convince him to confess what really happened that fateful day.

“Para maintindihan namin. Kasi kahit papaano para mapag-aralan din namin kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari (For us to understand. We will then be able to learn what really happened),” Sinas said.

“If he is willing, kasi nag-surrender na siya, sising-sisi siya. Pero kung ayaw niya, huwag nang pilitin tutal nakabalangkas na ang kaso namin (He already surrendered. But if he refuses, never persist as the case is already in place),” he added.

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