FB post showing city cop helping senior goes viral

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


“WHEN we help, we should not think of what we can get in return. Think of it as part of our duty,” said PO1 Mark Wilson Roa, a field training policeman who was photographed helping a senior citizen change a flat tire.

Last July 15, Roa, 27, helped 75-year-old Orlando Enoveso change his flat tire on Juan Luna Ave., right outside the Carmelite Monastery.

On July 22, Enoveso wrote on his Facebook account: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank PO1 Roa of Cebu City who, last July 15 in front of the Carmelite Monastery, offered to help me change a flat tire without asking for anything in return. Your service to an unknown senior citizen may not seem much but it changed my regard for the PNP (Philippine National Police).”

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“In all of my 75 years, this is the first time I’ve been assisted so selflessly by a police officer. Again, much gratitude to you PO1 Roa and may you be blessed for your kind act. Kindly share so that everyone may know. I hope that this post will eventually reach him,” Enoveso added.

‘Innate’

Enoveso’s post has been shared by nearly 1,300 users; hundreds liked the post while other commented to commend Roa.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana, for his part, commended Roa for his good act, saying that all policeman should have good behavior and the willingness to help.

“Based on Roa’s nature, it seems that it is already in him. Maybe he really has a good attitude. I hope all police will be like him,” said Romana.

Roa, an FTP assigned at the Mabolo Police Station, said he did not expect that his good deed will be acknowledged.

“It was just like any other day for me. I was just doing my job as a policeman that time,” Roa told Sun.Star Cebu.

Roa said that last July 15, he saw Enoveso having trouble with his vehicle.

“People who passed by him offered to help but somehow, he refused. I was keeping an eye on him because other people might take advantage of him, considering that he is a senior citizen,” said Roa, who was assigned in a police beat post in Barangay Mabolo that time along with another FTP.

Roa said Enoveso was with his wife, who was inside the vehicle.

When Enoveso got his tools from the compartment, Roa said he noticed that the man had difficulty doing it, so he offered to help.

Enoveso then handed over the tools.

After changing the flat tire, Enoveso tried to get money from his pocket and handed it to Roa, but the latter turned it down.

“All I wanted to do was to help him,” he added.

Roa, who lives in Barangay Lahug, said he was an acolyte for almost five years.

Yesterday, before his interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Roa assisted the officiating priest during a mass held at the CCPO chapel.

Roa said that after finishing his Criminology course at the University of Cebu, he volunteered to be a barangay tanod assigned in the traffic division.

“I wanted to gain experience before I enter the police service that’s why I volunteered,” he added.

He has been an FTP for a month and still has five more months before he becomes a full-fledged police officer.

Roa has a seven-year-old son who is under the care of his mother, who is in Lapu-Lapu City.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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