A member of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Police is receiving praises from netizens for remaining calm during his investigation of a traffic violation incident amidst repeated cursing from the alleged violator.
The police officer who reaps outpouring commendations is Roberto I. Lagman Jr. The alleged traffic violator is Thomas Jason Cooley, 19-year old Filipino-American and resident of Angeles City.
Mr. Lagman is seen in the far left of the video reminding Cooley to calm down and refrain from using the “f-word”. The video clearly shows Cooley’s foul utterances while being interviewed. Lagman; on the other hand, kept his composure while investigating as a police officer.
Here’s how everything started as detailed by Mr. Noel G. Tulabut, manager of Clark Development Corporation-CommDep which is posted in their Facebook page.
The incident report stated that on October 11 at 2:00 a.m., Cooley who was driving a KIA silver gray vehicle with plate number PKO-199 was reported drifting his vehicle at Tennis Court parking lot, by the Parade Grounds here inside the Freeport zone.
Cooley was advised by a security guard (SG) by the name of Zaldy Cortez that the said parking lot is not for vehicle drifting.
The said driver denied that he was drifting at the parking lot and got mad. Cooley in return uttered a “F*****g shit” (invective) to the responding guard, prompting the guard to inform the Tactical Operation Center (TOC) for assistance of Sector Commander at around 2:40 a.m. on the same date.
Sector Commander Edgar Sebastian and SG Phillip Caligagan arrived and talked to Cooley in a courteous manner. The said officers also advised Cooley to refrain from drifting at the said parking lot.
The apprehending officer asked for Cooley’s license. The said driver responded arrogantly refused to surrender his license.
At 2:50 a.m. of the same date, Special Reaction Unit personnel on duty responded for assistance and also asked Cooley to cooperate and remain calm. Despite pleas from the responding officers, Cooley kept on cursing.
At 3:00 a.m. Lagman was dispatched to the scene together with Team Leader Leovy A. Barrion, Traffic Enforcer Edmund Conag.
Explaining R.A 4136 Traffic Code Rules and Regulations, the responding PSD personnel politely talked to Cooley and underscored that the driver’s license is the property of the Philippine Government.
It was also reported that police officers smelled alcohol from Cooley’s breath which prompted the officers to let Cooley undergo breath analysis.
After the drama is done, Cooley was issued a Traffic Citation Ticket for the following violations: reckless driving, driving under the influence of liquor, illegal drifting, and showing arrogance.
The video was uploaded by security guard Jake Batan with a caption “First time we encountered a boastful and very arrogant violator.”