Cop goes viral after getting slapped by mallgoer

Published January 13, 2022, 2:09 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

ISABELA – A policeman went viral recently after he showed tons of patience while dealing with an apparent irate customer in Santiago City.

Patrolman John Paul Gomez Sudario, assigned at the Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Santiago City Police Office, was seen in a video being slapped in the face by a lady customer who had an issue with a telecom store inside a mall.

“Noong nagwawala siya at hindi ibigay ang naibigan niyang cellphone ay napilitan siyang iskortan palabas ng store (When she became unruly because she was not able to get the cellphone she wanted, she was forced to be escorted out of the store),” the police report said.

PSSG Mike Sosa, chief investigator of station 4, Santiago City Police Office said authorities were able to bring the woman to the ground floor of the mall.

The woman then wanted to return inside the mall but was prevented from doing so, which made her slap and kick Sudario.

“Wala akong balak gumanti dahil babae, at hindi ka dapat manakit ng kapwa kung kaya naman kausapin ng mahinahon. (I had no intention of retaliating because she is a woman, and you don’t have to hurt someone if you can talk to that person in a mild manner),” Sudario added.

When contacted by the Manila Bulletin, Sudario, who has been in the police service for four years, recalled the lessons he learned from his parents.

“Maging makadiyos, mabait kapwa at sa pamilya, iyan ang madalas na ituro ng akin magulang. (Be God-fearing, be kind to others and to your family, that’s what my parents taught me),” he told Manila Bulletin.

“Respeto maging sa mga taong inaaresto po, dahil sila ay may karapatan din na maprotektahan, (Respect even to those being arrested, because they too have rights to become protected),” he added.