MANILA -- The hashtag #StopTheKillingsPH topped the trending topics in the Philippines on Monday morning as netizens, including celebrities, reacted to the killing of a mother and her son by a police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday afternoon.
A viral video showed the suspect, Police Senior Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca, shooting his neighbors Sonya Gregorio, 52 and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, multiple times after a verbal scuffle over the victims' use of "boga" or firecracker in their hometown Paniqui.
Actress Janella Salvador and Jed Madela described the incident as an inhumane act and pure evil.
Television host-actress Maine Mendoza sought justice for the mother and son.
Comedienne K Brosas, actress Agot Isidro and actor Alex Diaz also decried the killing.
Television host Bianca Gonzalez and singer-actor Kean Cipriano called for the end of police brutality.
Comedian Vice Ganda said the viral video triggered his trauma over his own father’s killing in 1991, and joined calls for swift justice; while Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wrote that she is “outraged” and brought up “all the times there were no cameras” to capture similar incidents.
The suspect, Nuezca, has surrendered to Paniqui police and has been charged with double murder.