Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año lauds the police officer who went viral on social media after single-handedly chasing a suspected snatcher on foot along the Lagusnilad Underpass in Manila last August 2, 2019.
Seen on the viral video was Patrolman Jonathan Stanley Dionisio running after a snatcher along Manila in the middle of moving vehicles. The video has so far garnered one million views on Facebook alone.
With his persistence, despite being visibly exhausted, Dionisio subdued and captured the snatcher who tried to flee after alighting from a public utility jeepney where he tried to hide.
"It was truly inspiring to see a cop diligently performing his duty of protecting and serving the public. His act was truly commendable. Sana ay maraming lingkod-bayan, hindi lamang pulis, ang mainspire sa kanyang ginawa," Año says.
"Hindi lang sa TV napapanood ang kabayanihan ng mga pulis. Araw-araw madami tayong pulis na naglilingkod ng tapat sa bayan,” he adds.
Last Monday, Dionisio was awarded with a Medalya ng Papuri by PNP Chief Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde for his bravery in arresting the suspected snatcher who allegedly stole a gold bracelet from a jeepney passenger. His team leader, P/Cpl. Timothy John Cruz, who also helped in the chase but was not seen in the viral video, was also conferred with the medal.
According to Año, the dedication to duty of the young police officer could not come at a perfect timing as the national government, through the DILG, is transforming the image of the country's police organization.
“We hope this incident will motivate and lift the morale of our police force. Kung kaya ng isa, kaya ng lahat," he says.
He says that the incident will prove that there are many dedicated and upright police officers and only a few bag eggs that are slowly being weeded out through the PNP’s internal cleansing program.
The PNP recently launched its squad concept, a revitalized internal cleansing program that emphasizes values formation, spiritual development, and strengthening family ties of its personnel. By squad concept, those who would be subjected to the next retraining program would be divided into groups of eight to compose a squad and each squad will designate a leader.
"The commitment displayed by Dionisio is what the government aspires for in our police organization. A police officer who is able to go above and beyond to fulfill his or her tasks in the name of public service," the DILG Chief says.