Ben&Ben have shared a new song ‘Kapangyarihan’, written in response to the killing of Sonya and Frank Gregorio by a policeman in Tarlac, Philippines.
Yesterday (December 22), the folk-pop band shared a video of band members Miguel and Paolo Benjamin performing the song on guitar and keys. They also issued a statement condemning police brutality and calling for justice for the Gregorio family. Hear ‘Kapangyarihan’ below:
“akala niyo ba, ang kapangyarihan, ay nasa inyo? sino ba kayo?”#StopTheKillingsPH #JusticeForGregorioFamily #EndPoliceBrutalityNowkapangyarihan. this song is yours nowakala niyo ba, ang kapangyarihanay nasa inyo? sino ba kayo?di naman kami nagkulangsa aming pag-uunawadi ka namin isusukakung hindi ka pa sukdulanhuwag niyong tapakanang katarunganakala niyo ba, ang kapangyarihanay nasa inyo? sino ba kayo?magwawagi ang katotohananang kadiliman, ay ibabagsaknagsisilbi ka dapatnagsisilbi ka dapatibon na may layang lumipaddi mo na makukulongakala niyo ba, ang kapangyarihanay nasa inyo? sino ba kayo?magwawagi, ang katotohananang kadiliman ay ibabagsaknagsisilbi ka dapatnagsisilbi ka dapatkatotohanan, ang dapat mamunosa namumuno sa mamamayanmakatarungan ang dapat mamunosa namumuno sa mamamayannagsisilbi ka dapatnagsisilbi ka dapat
Posted by Ben&Ben on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank, 25, were shot in the head by Jonel Nuezca, an off-duty policeman in Tarlac on Sunday (December 20). The fatal shooting incident, which happened after the Gregorios had a heated argument with Nuezca over noise, was captured on camera. Nuezca surrendered to the police on Monday night, and faces two counts of murder, ABS-CBN reports.
The video of the Gregorio killings went viral on social media, prompting outrage and the circulation of the hashtags #StopTheKillingsPH and #EndPoliceBrutalityNow in the Philippines.
As Inquirer reports, six senators have called for a probe into “unlawful killings” of Philippines citizens with the aim of “breaking the culture of impunity”, especially among law enforcement agencies.
In Ben&Ben’s statement, the band apologised to their fans for their silence on the issue, explaining that they had “consciously taken time off the internet to decongest, and reflect on the year that has passed”.
“However, we realize we should have listened more, and responded with urgency regarding this grave issue on police brutality and killings. As much as when we call to you each time we promote a new song, or a new campaign, we should have responded to this issue with even greater urgency but we didn’t, and we’ve failed to amplify the truth. There is no excuse for that.”
Ben&Ben went on to call for “swift justice to be served to all the mercilessly killed victims and their families”. They added, “we MUST hold the leadership that encourages this culture of impunity, abuse and oppression accountable. Because each life lost to police officers like Jonel Nuezca adds to the continuous creeping darkness that we must swiftly break”.
Read their full statement below:
— Ben&Ben (@BenAndBenMusic) December 22, 2020