Compassion amid danger: PCG personnel lauded for subduing armed civilian in EDSA attack

Published June 4, 2021, 1:52 PM

by Richa Noriega

A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel who successfully disarmed an alleged mentally-disturbed man at a bus stop on EDSA Ortigas Station has been lauded by the leadership of the PCG for showing “compassionate public service.”

PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. praised Seaman Second Class Julius Gibran Abundol III on Thursday, June 3, after he subdued an armed man who was asking for money from passengers at EDSA Carousel. The incident happened last May 31.

A man in crutches suddenly pulls out a knife and chases PCG Marshal SN2 Julius Gibran Abundol III at the EDSA Carousel Ortigas Avenue stop on May 31, 2021. (Video screengrab courtesy of I-ACT)

“Abundol modeled compassionate public service that I repeatedly urge our personnel to exercise. The armed civilian may have caused fear among the general public but he remains a fellow Filipino who deserves compassion,” Ursabia said.

In a video shared by the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), Abundol was seen taking a knife from the possession of the man with the help of a traffic personnel.

Prior to the incident, the man pretended to be disabled as he walked on crutches to ask money from passers-by.

However, Abundol, who was helping to facilitate traffic at the time, tried to escort the man out of the road. Some passengers allegedly complained that the man was swearing at them when they refused to give him money.

At the height of the incident, the armed man dropped his crutches and, as if a miracle, started running as he chased Abundol with a knife. The man, however, was overpowered by Abundol.

After being disarmed, Abundol gave the man with money, who reportedly left for Baclaran. He was identified by the I-ACT as a certain “Ariel,” who frequently asks for alms from passengers in the area.

The PCG commandant commended Abundol for maintaining his “alertness and presence of mind” despite being in a dangerous situation.

“We applauded his exercise of maximum tolerance and compassion as he extended financial assistance to the civilian after the incident,” Ursabia said.

Meanwhile, the I-ACT reminded the public to remain vigilant and report similar instances to security personnel deployed in the stations. It also asked the people “to refrain from publishing or reposting malicious content on social media that distort the facts of the incident.”