By Chito A. Chavez
As the public’s distrust on the police force soar due to some controversial events, a welcome development transpired after a traffic cop is now being commended for his good deed.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) cited the aforementioned traffic cop for refusing a tip after assisting a couple whose car got stalled on EDSA.
DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año said the act shown by PO1 George Salvador Viernes, Jr. assigned at the PNP Traffic Enforcement Unit, Regional Highway Patrol Unit (RHPU) in Metro Manila is worth emulating as he exemplifies the department’s brand of service of being matino, mahusay, at maaasahan (righteous, exemplary and dependable).
“Ganyan ang pulis! Tapat sa tungkulin at may integridad, at higit sa lahat, hindi naghihintay ng kabayaran para sa paglilingkod sa mga mamamayan. Saludo ako kay PO1 Viernes (Police officers should be like that. Loyal to his task, equipped with integrity and most of all does not expect something in return for performing his job. I salute PO1 Viernes),” said Año.
Viernes’ pictures went viral on social media sites particularly Facebook (FB) since last week following the post of Carolyn Jayme on the assistance the cop extended to her and her husband after their car was stuck on Edsa.
According to the post, Jayme was even more impressed when Viernes declined to receive the tip she offered as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude for his kindness.
The DILG Chief was pleased that a simple act of good deed by a police officer can be overwhelmingly appreciated by the public.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa ipinakitang pagpapahalaga ng publiko sa magandang gawain ni Viernes. Dahil dito, nakakasiguro ako na mas magiging masipag at masigasig pa ang kapulisan na tuparin ang kanilang tungkulin na protektahan at paglingkuran ang publiko (We also want to commend the public for showing great appreciation to Viernes’ good deed. Because of this we are assured that our cops will be more industrious and dedicated in performing their sworn duties to protect and serve the public),” Año said.
Año said he believes that there a thousand-and-one Viernezes out there who are honest and efficient in doing their jobs but they are not being highlighted in the media.
“TV shows such as Ang Probinsiyano are really a big help to the PNP because they depict the heroism and dedication of our police officers to their sworn duty. They help reverse the stigma that uniformed officers cannot be trusted. Tulad ni PO1 Viernes, mas marami pa rin ang tapat at matitinong pulis,” he added.