By Aaron B. Recuenco
It was supposed to be a regular beat patrol to enforce the home quarantine in the city but these Navotas city cops suddenly found themselves feeling the panic—and excitement—of a new father when a woman gave birth in their patrol car.
Maj. Britz Estadilla, spokesperson of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said the patrol car with three policemen on board were conducting patrol in Barangay Tanza in Navotas city on May 2 when two local residents flagged them down.
Estadilla told the Manila Bulletin that the three cops on board—Police Corporals Gregmar Arconcel and Harry Alejandro, and their immediate superior identified as Police Executive Master Sergeant Caisip—immediately went out of the vehicle after noticing that one of the residents was pregnant.
Caisip instructed the two to check on the condition of the pregnant woman as he spotted that she appeared to be in pain.
“They were asking for a ride to the nearest hospital because according to the two local residents, the pregnant woman felt that she was about to give birth,” said Estadilla, adding that the policemen immediately assisted the woman to board the patrol car and sped off.
The three cops, however, were surprised when they heard a baby crying at the back of the car while they were still en route to the Tanza Lying in Clinic.
“The woman already gave birth while on their way to the hospital, so this somehow caused both panic and excitement on the part of our policemen because it was the first time they experienced a woman giving birth inside the police car,” said Estadilla.
“It’s a boy,” said Estadilla.
For his part, NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas lauded the three policemen for extending assistance to a local resident in dire need of help.
“It’s an excellent service in the midst of emergency. I am proud of these police officers for the assistance they have given,” said Sinas.
“It is such a rare opportunity to protect the life of a gift from heaven—a baby,” he added.
The good deed of the Navotas city cops came while the entire police organization is still reeling from criticisms on the allegation of abuses in the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
“This incident proves that our public can trust and rely on our Metro cops, for we our bound to serve and protect our people beyond our mandated tasks,” said Sinas.