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Breathtaking Photo Of Crying Police Officer Embraced By The Protesters He Was Fighting

“I am a policeman, I’m just doing my job.”

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Quezon City, one of the largest cities in the Philippines, has been the center of a huge amount of rioting in the run up to President Benigno Aquino's fourth State of the Nation address on Monday.

According to abs-cbnnews.com, what happened next was truly breathtaking:

Finally, some protesters noticed him, too: a policeman, whom they expected to retaliate, was in front of them, holding his shield firmly, weeping.

And then they started to console Sevilla. A man held his shoulder, telling him that everything would be all right. Another woman comforted him, as she tried to give him a handkerchief to wipe his tears.

A group of protesters huddled around Sevilla until his supervisors noticed and took him away from the front line.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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