Bicol cops hand out flowers, chocolates on Valentine’s Day

LOVE DAY. Police personnel serenade and give heart-shaped balloons to commuters and motorists in front of the Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) headquarters in Legazpi City on Monday (Feb. 14, 2022). Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, said they want to give happiness to the people as part of their celebration of Valentine’s Day. (Photo courtesy of PRO-5)

LEGAZPI CITY – Police personnel serenaded and gave out flowers, chocolates and balloons to commuters and motorists in front of the Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) headquarters in Camp Gen. Simeon Ola here Monday morning.

Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, in an interview, said the activity is part of their celebration of Valentine’s Day.

“Spearheaded by the personnel of Regional Community Affairs and Development Division, cops hailed vehicles not to issue them apprehension tickets but to give free roses, heart-shaped balloons, and chocolates,” Calubaquib said.

She said the ‘Kasurog’ cops want to bring happiness and joy to Bicolanos amid the challenges of the pandemic, especially this Valentine’s Day. ‘Kasurog’ is a Bicol term which roughly means “Team Mate” or more emphatically, “Sympathetic Team Mate.”

For his part, PRO5 Regional Director, Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, said in a statement: “Mula sa nagpipitagang tauhan ng PRO5, ang aming pagbati ng Maligayang Araw ng mga Puso sa bawat isa sainyo. Nawa’y laging mangibabaw ang pagmamahalan sa atin na siyang pinaka-ugat ng pagkakaisa tungo sa pagkamit ng ating mithiin para sa isang ligtas, tahimik at progresibong komunidad (From the personnel of PRO-5, our warm greetings of Happy Valentine’s Day to each one of you. May the love that is always the root of our unity towards achieving our goal of a safe, peaceful and progressive community always prevail)”.

The motorists, commuters and others who received flowers, balloons, and chocolates were pleasantly surprised and thankful for the policemen’s gesture.

Meanwhile, the Naval Forces Southern Luzon (Navforsol) Band serenaded mall-goers at SM City Legazpi. They were the  winners in last year’s “Ang Sir Kong Pogi” tilt for men in uniform spearheaded by Representative Joey Salceda. They randomly handed out flowers to the public. (With a report from Eliakim Neric/PNA-OJT)