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

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

1. 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.

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2. Protesters furious over homelessness, unemployment, and poverty have been violently clashing with police.

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3. On Monday, however, one police officer couldn’t hold it together any longer.

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4. Private Joselito Sevilla began weeping as he held the line, telling protesters wanting to know why he was fighting them, “I am a policeman, I’m just doing my job.”

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5. According to, 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.

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