MANILA, Philippines – “My beloved President sir, humihiling po ako ng tatlong minutes lang po sa ngalan ng pag-ibig, sir.”This was how Police Senior Inspector Arvin Jusmillo began his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, a security aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, in front of the President himself.
Carrying a bouquet of red roses, Jusmillo then began his heartfelt message to Police Senior Inspector Romea Alnieza Kinang, who was on stage with Duterte.
Duterte had just finished his speech in front of Philippine National Police Region 13 personnel on Thursday, October 6, in Butuan City.
They were supposed to get married this month, but fought and ended up canceling their plans. Jusmillo, however, said the chain of events led to the rare opportunity of him being able to propose to Kinang in front of Duterte himself, known to have a soft spot for police.
“Kaya hinugot ko ang lakas ng loob sa katawan ko para gawin ito (That’s why I summoned all my courage to do this),” said Jusmillo, in front of not only Duterte but his fellow cops and the rolling cameras of the media.