IN PHOTOS: Commuters get surprise from PNP on Valentine's Day

MANILA, Philippines – For this year's Valentine's Day, the Philippine National Police (PNP) launched its own operation to win the hearts of Filipinos.

At the Cubao station of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, cops from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) surprised commuters with roses and offers to dance, as a live police band played love ballads.

Despite the morning rush in the busy train station, commuters made the stop and joined the law enforcers.

In Mindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) policemen added an extra step to their checkpoint procedures: after the routine inspection, they handed roses to the women inside the vehicles.

The gimmicks are part of the police's effort at improving community relations – essential in building trust with the people they serve in order to prevent and even help in solving crimes in the future. It's also one of the rare times that cops could strip themselves of formalities and just have fun.

ROSES FOR ALL. Cops from the Quezon City Police District give away roses to commuters in Cubao. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ROSES FOR ALL. Cops from the Quezon City Police District give away roses to commuters in Cubao.

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MASCOTS FOR KIDS. The Philippine National Police brings out mascots to surprise kids, too. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MASCOTS FOR KIDS. The Philippine National Police brings out mascots to surprise kids, too.

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DANCE. A commuter busts a move with a cop who asked for a dance on Valentine's Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DANCE. A commuter busts a move with a cop who asked for a dance on Valentine's Day.

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SURPRISE. A cop gives a rose after inspecting a tricycle. PNP-ARMM photo

SURPRISE. A cop gives a rose after inspecting a tricycle.

PNP-ARMM photo

READY FOR INSPECTION. Policemen carry paper hearts and roses for their Valentine's Day inspection. PNP-ARMM Photo

READY FOR INSPECTION. Policemen carry paper hearts and roses for their Valentine's Day inspection.

PNP-ARMM Photo

EVEN THE ELDERLY. An elderly woman smiles after being given a rose at a checkpoint. PNP-ARMM photo

EVEN THE ELDERLY. An elderly woman smiles after being given a rose at a checkpoint.

PNP-ARMM photo

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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