A child rights group denounced Wednesday the fatal shooting of a mother and her son by a policeman in Paniqui, Tarlac last Sunday that was witnessed by a number of children.

Save the Children Philippines (SCP) underscored that violence in all forms is unacceptable, more so if it is brazenly committed in the presence of children.

Save the Children Philippines statement on Tarlac shooting incident Save the Children Philippines denounces the recent…

Posted by Save the Children Philippines on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

“Exposing children to violence is in itself a form of violence against children and sets a dangerous example to a generation of future leaders and parents,” the SCP said in a statement.

The SCP said the act of violence has a long-term impact on children and affects their development, dignity as well as physical and psychological integrity.

The group said the fatal incident can cause irreparable trauma, especially to the children involved that may manifest later in the form of depression, anxiety, anger, disassociation, and other health problems.

“It is the strict exercise of our obligation to raise children responsibly in a nurturing home and their protection from violence that parents, guardians, and the community must undertake,” the SCP said.

“Vilifying, condemning, and cyberbullying are also not the solutions to the issue,” it added.

Police Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca gunned down a 52-year-old Sonya Gregorio and her 25-year old son Frank Anthony Gregorio during a heated argument.

Nuezca was also seen shooting Sonya in the head when she fell down on the ground.

The viral video triggered shock and anger on social media and elicited widespread anti-police sentiments.

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The group has called on law enforcers to adhere to their sworn duty to serve and protect the people and exercise tolerance in preserving the rights of every child.

The SCP noted that the incident may set as a reminder to the public of the responsibility to fellow human beings with compassion and respect even in the midst of conflict.

“It is of utmost importance for adults to set a good example to the younger generation to help bring us closer to a future without violence against children,” it added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/12/24/child-rights-group-condemns-fatal-tarlac-shooting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=child-rights-group-condemns-fatal-tarlac-shooting)