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NCRPO to provide medical services to student with thyroid cancer

June 12, 2019 - Wednesday 2:06 PM by MDM

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The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will extend medical services to a seventh-grade student who has thyroid cancer but whose parents are in jail for drug-related cases.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Major General Lorenzo Eleazar made the announcement when he visited Angela Perez at the General Pio del Pilar National High School.

Angela’s story came to Eleazar’s attention when he read newspaper reports that she had asked a police officer, Corporal Claro Fornis of Police Community Precinct 1, Makati City Police Station, to act as her guardian to fulfill one of the requirements for her enrollment.

Fornis granted her request since Angela’s parents were in jail and she had no one to turn to.

After reading the story, Eleazar went to Angela’s school and gave her school supplies and other forms of assistance.

He also said the NCRPO Regional Health Service will provide medical services for Angela’s medical condition since she is suffering from thyroid cancer.

Eleazar then awarded the Medalya ng Papuri to Fornis, who was present at the the occasion.

"Sa totoo lang nabasa ko lang sa dyaryo (To be honest I just read about this in the newspaper) and when I read the article I was touched by the gesture of Police Corporal FornisBeing the father of NCRPO, sabi ko dapat ito ang mga nirerecognize (I said these are the things that should be recognized),” Eleazar said in an interview with reporters.

"Maaring hindi na nakikita ng publiko itong mga simpleng kabutihan ng mga pulis dahil minsan hindi newsworthy, pero kung makikita natin ang ating mga pulis, may mga pamilya rin sila, kaya nakaka relate sila sa sitwasyon ni Angela (The public doesn’t always see these simple acts of kindness by the police because they are not always newsworthy, but if we can see our police officers, they also have families and they can relate to Angela’s situation),” he added.

Eleazar said he was "extremely happy" that young people now have a different perspective of the police in Manila.

 "Our ordinary citizens, like Angela, who felt completely helpless, turned to our police for help even on a non-police matter. What makes me happier is the snappy and unconditional response of Corporal Fornis to a cry for help. This is a touching story of life at its best. Corporal Fornis does us proud,” he said.