His name is Joselito Sevilla, a cop from the Marikina police unit in the Philippines. Photos of him crying on the street while on duty have circulated online. Sevilla was one of the policemen assigned to block protesters away from the Batasan Complex on Monday where the State of the Nation Address (SONA) was delivered by Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Here are photos via ABS-CBNnews.com.
Why did the cop cry? According to the report, a foreign protester (no name was mentioned) berated Sevilla, “Why are you doing this to us? Why are you hurting us?!” The policeman replied that he was there to maintain peace and order, “I am a policeman, I’m just doing my job.”
Soon after, he started crying. Amidst the clash between cops and protesters, Sevilla could not help sobbing.
When asked by a reporter, he said that he and the troops have been on the street for two days. He has not eaten anything. No rest. No sleep. Simply put, Sevilla was physically and emotionally exhausted. He was also sad that the protest turned violent.
The touching part of the story was when protesters approached Sevilla to comfort him. They hugged him. One even gave him a hanky to wipe his tears.