- Jonel Nuezca was described by Sonya Gregorio’s husband as an arrogant neighbor
- The barangay captain revealed that the two families were in constant conflict
- She added that the problem started when the Nuezcas bought a piece of land from the Gregorios and they accused the latter of scamming them
- It was brought to court and, in the end, the Gregorios won the case against the Nuezcas
Jonel Nuezca was described by Sonya Gregorio’s husband and the barangay captain as a toxic neighbor who would regularly cause trouble.
In an exclusive interview with GMA News, Florentino Gregorio, the widower of the victim Sonya Gregorio, described police officer Jonel Nuezca as an arrogant neighbor. According to him, even when they were only new in the neighborhood, Nuezca wanted to intimidate the people around him already.
“Kumbaga sa ano, tayo, mga bago ‘no, makikipasintabi pa tayo na ‘Uy, bago lang po kami dito..
“Siya hindi! Parang astig talaga ang ano niya.. parang gusto kilalanin siyang..matapang..” he said.
How Gregorio described Nuezca was supported by their barangay captain, Rosita Ovejera. According to her, the Neuzcas and Gregorios were constantly summoned by the barangay due to unending conflicts.
Every time Nuezca would be home for the weekend, there would be sure chaos.
“Medyo madalas po ‘yung patawag, ‘yung reklamo ng bawat isa sa kanila po. Sa pag-aayos ko po sa kanila, ‘di ko po sila naaayos talaga.
“Kaya ‘yung bandang huli po na patawag ko na po sa kanila halos hindi na po sila sumisipot. Kaya ‘yung huling reklamo po ulit ni [Sonya], ‘yung namatay, inutusan ko na po sila sa pulis.”
The barangay captain also disclosed that the conflict between the two families was not only about the “right of way” issue. She said it all started when the Nuezcas bought a lot owned by the Gregorios. This story was also supported by the widower.
According to their statements, Nuezca thought that the Gregorios scammed them, believing that the piece of land was lent to someone else. The accusation was denied by the Gregorio patriarch. Also, the victims were not able to provide them the land title anymore since Nuezca took back their initial payment.
Ovejera said that it was the Nuezcas who did not want to reconcile with the other family.
“Itong isa [Sonya] po nagpapakumbaba na.
“Pero sila [Nuezcas] na po ‘yung ayaw na pong magpaayos.”
The problem was brought to the court where, according to Gregorio, the case was settled. The Nuezcas lost the case since it was proven that the victims did not scam them.
Tasha delos Santos, the daughter and sister of the victims, revealed that prior to the shooting incident, Nuezca confronted and threatened them several times.
“Bago po nito, may nangyari pong sumugod siya sa mga kapatid ko saka sa pinsan ko, pinagtangkaan po niya. ‘Mga gago kayo! Mga mayayabang kayo! Gusto niyo ipakita ko ‘yung pagka-demonyo ko?’” she said.
Jonel Nuezca is the police officer who shot mother and son, Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio, in Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday, December 20.
In connection to the issue, the chief of police of Bato, Catanduanes was relieved from the post due to his opinion that the older Gregorio triggered Nuezca which resulted in the incident. The dismissed police officer tried to explain his point, but it was not taken positively.
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