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April 23, 2014

That Thing That Made Female Police Officers Cry

I get emotional when I see pictures of crying soldiers, policemen and officers . Probably because they are expected to be tough and bold. We see them as apathetic troops who only need to follow orders and raise a weapon to protect the civilians. 

Four women police officers broke down in front of several people, including fellow officers, mall executives and media after the SM management pledge to give them one bag of grocery items for one year. They were the four brave women who were the first to respond when the Martilyo Gang hit SM Mall of Asia recently.

High respect to PO1 Juliet Macababbad, PO1 Delia Langpawen, PO1 Maricel Rueco, and PO1 Mercelina Bantiyag. The most senior of the group, Macababbad, was the one who exchanged shots with one of the gangmen. Langpawen served as backup, while Rueco and Bantiyag made sure civilians were brought to safety.

It was the first encounter for all four lady officers after being in the service for only a little over two years. Days after the incident, they admitted to still feeling the heebie-jeebies. Who would not? 

Aside from their own lives, hundreds of innocent lives were also in danger at that time. Sometimes, 
they would find themselves staring blankly during meals.Would they do it again? Yes, they said, without thinking twice. These are the types of public servants we want protecting us in times of danger. 

That’s probably why the SM management felt they needed to give them more than just certificates of recognition. These lady officers need a break from the regular routine of doing their personal groceries, and SM’s yearlong gift is definitely a welcome one.

I am seriously trying not to burst in to tears while writing this story. These women who should be with their family and taking care of their kids, are out and protecting more people. I cannot imagine how their families and friends feel everytime they will leave the house and report for duty. 

Some may not be too impressed with just one grocery bag. But, really, it is the small things that count. For these modern heroes, this simple act of gratitude can really help their family. This is truly unexpected since these women are just doing their job; and being recognized by a private company like SM help boost the morale of uniformed men and women.

Salute to you, ladies; and more love to SM <3 div="" nbsp="">

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