Monday, 19th February 2018


Cop to be cited for saving Aeta girl from drowning

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ROXAS CITY—A member of this city police’s mobile patrol jumped off a bridge to save a young girl from drowning April 1.

A resident of Dao, Capiz, PO2 Roberto Ebojo, Jr., 35, saved a five-year-old Aeta girl near the Capiz Bridge traversing the Panay River.

Ebojo said that along with his colleagues, he was at the information center when he noticed that a crowd gathered at the bridge nearby. People started pointing towards the river, Ebojo said.

When he got there, he thought that the girl who was with another girl was just playing. But when he saw the other girl trying to pull the other girl’s hair to keep her afloat, he then jumped into the river. Ebojo saved the girl and brought her to his mother.

“Wala ko ya nakulba. Amo ni amon trabaho (I was not surprised. This is part of our job)” Ebojo said in a press conference.

A member of the police for nine years, Ebojo said that he forgot to remove his cellphone, watch and wallet before diving in. But a colleague kept his weapon for him.

Despite having lost and damaging his belongings Ebojo did not mind.

“As a public servant, ok lang ya sa amon kung ano nga pagkabutang nga mawasak o madula kay material lang ina nga butang. Ang importante, makabulig kami kag makaserbisyo maayo sa mga pumuluyo sang Roxas (It doesn’t matter if my personal property is lost or damaged—they are just material things; what is more important is to be able to properly serve our constituents)” he said.

Police Supt. Julio Gustilo, Roxas City PNP chief said that Ebojo will receive a certificate of commendation signed by Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino and himself. Gustilo will also recommend Ebojo for an award from the Police Regional Offi ce (PRO) 6.

On his Facebook account, Gustilo posted that Ebojo’s act “is a clear manifestation of showing his true blood as real servant of the people.” (Ralph John Mijares)

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