- Sen. Bato dela Rosa was interviewed by ANC regarding the current crisis faced by PNP
- The senator said that he initially did not want heinous crimes, like murder, in the provision for the death penalty, but the Paniqui shooting incident changed his perception
- According to him, crimes committed by abusive cops should be considered for the death penalty
- He is also convinced that Jonel Nuezca deserves to be punished with the death penalty
Sen. Bato dela Rosa agrees that killer cop Jonel Nuezca should be on death row for his merciless killing of Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio.
In his interview with ANC on December 23, Wednesday, the senator expressed his condemnation of the double murder case committed by Nuezca.
“Do you believe now that murder should be included among the heinous crimes? Because most of those that filed, only then, put high-level dr*g traffickers.” Karen Davila asked dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa mentioned that, initially, he did not want to include other heinous crimes, such as murder, in the cases that can be sentenced to the death penalty.
“I didn’t want to include murder and other heinous crimes dahil nga iyon ‘yung bone of contention ng mga oppositor na pwedeng ‘yung mga suspek dahil nga mahirap, hindi makapaglaban sa korte..talo..justice denied para sa kanila.”
However, he pointed out that the case of the Paniqui shooting incident is enough proof to include abusive law enforcers on the death row.
“Pero with that kind of incident, siguro, ma-ammend natin ‘yung mga bill na ‘yan during the debates. Baka pwede isaksak na ‘pag ikaw ay isang pulis dahil aggravating circumstance’yon.
“Pulis ka, may tsapa ka, may baril ka, ikaw pa ang mag-engage ng cold-blooded killing. Papatayin mo ‘yung mga unarmed civilians, so pwede sigurong isaksak natin doon during the debates.”
Davila asked him if Nuezca is deserving of the death penalty, and dela Rosa said he is very much convinced that the suspect does.
“So, after seeing the video and essentially the evidence that’s available, you believe Nuezca deserves the death penalty?” Davila asked.
“Yes, [I] believe in my heart. Alam ko dapat death penalty ang parusa sa kanya dahil very cold-blooded killing ‘yun, Karen. I don’t see any enough provocation on the part of the victims.” Sen. Dela Rosa answered with conviction.
Sen. Bato dela Rosa was a former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He rose in prominence after his active participation in Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. Now, he serves as a senator of the Philippines.
Currently, the PNP is receiving backlash from the public following the shooting incident involving a police officer shooting unarmed civilians in Tarlac. In a previous report by KAMI, Mister International 2014 Neil Perez, who is also a police officer, was bashed for his attempt to defend PNP. The public is still outraged by the heinous crime that even a photo of Nuezca in the detention facility went viral.
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