PNP chief lauds Davao cop in viral photo

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

DAVAO CITY -- Police Officer 1 Jessie Mallari, the man in a photo that went viral online, received a brand-new Glock pistol and a free Public Safety Savings and Loan Association Inc. (PSSLAI) health card from Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Allan Purisima.

Mallari, of the San Pedro Police Precinct, was helping an old beggar outside the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City on Palm Sunday when Sun.Star Davao photographer Seth delos Reyes took a photo of him.

Mallari’s act of kindness, captured without him knowing it, came out as front page photo of Sun.Star Davao on March 25, and was uploaded in the Sun.Star Philippine News Facebook page.


It has gone viral since and has drawn television networks to interview Mallari. He appeared in TV5’s T3 program of the Tulfo Brothers, who hailed him as a policeman worth emulating, and on Tuesday, Mallari also appeared in ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.

Mallari was rewarded by Purisima at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City. He was accompanied by Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa and San Pedro police station commander Superintendent Eliseo Malana.

Mallari said he is very honored to have shaken the hand of PNP chief Purisima, adding he was not expecting to get such recognition.

PO1 Jessie Mallari commended for helping old beggar
DAVAO. The policeman who was photographed attending to an old beggar (inset photo) in front of San Pedro Cathedral last Sunday was identified as PO1 Jessie Mallari (seen at the back) of the San Pedro Police Station. (Photos by Seth Delos Reyes)

He said Purisima told him to use the gun for good and to keep up the good work.

"Pagkatapos na mabigyan ako ng parangal, mas masarap na magtrabaho and mas motivated ako magwork day in and day out," Mallari said.

Dela Rosa, in a separate interview, said he is hoping that the deed of Mallari will become an inspiration not only to the cops of DCPO but to the entire PNP force as well.

Malana said, "Sana maging motivation din ito sa mga tao ko sa San Pedro police na kahit gaano ka simple ang ginagawa nila, dapat nila itong pahalagahan basta tama ang kanilang ginagawa (I hope this serves as a motivation for my men in San Pedro police that no matter how simple their deeds are, they should value them as long as they are doing the right thing)."

"We don't necessarily have to do big things to get recognized. What is important is that we do simple things that will live up to our oath of 'to serve and protect'," Malana added. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 03, 2013.

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