Meet the hottest cop in the Philippines
In a line of beer-bellied policemen, Police Officer 2 Mariano Flormata Jr. is a definite stand-out.
— Kristine Gonzaga (@tikitikitin) August 12, 2014
Flormata, who also goes by the name Neil Perez, is one of the 20 candidates vying to be this year’s Misters of the Philippines, which will be held in September.
But prior his stint at the pageant, Flormata’s catwalk is the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport:he is part of the Aviation Security Group for six years now.
He proves that he is not just all brawn and looks. In his six years, he has gained 13 medals for showing excellence in responding to disasters and civil disturbance. Aside from that, he is also trained in bomb disposal and aircraft anti-hijacking.
NAIA passengers enchanted by his looks will definitely agree he IS the bomb.
“They would ask why I chose to be a policeman when I can build a career in showbiz and modeling,” Flormata said in an interview with Manila Bulletin. “But I would tell them that the police profession is my first love. Being a policeman is my childhood dream.”
Being a police officer seems to run in the family. His father was also once part of “Manila’s Finest”—the Western Police District now known as the Manila Police District.
But he admitted being interested in modelling while serving for the Philippine National Police.
“This is the first time I would join this kind of contest. I hope I would not fail the PNP which I somehow represent.”
The PNP is throwing all their support for Flormata in his upcoming contest, “Extra-curricular activities are okay for as long as it supports and compliments their work. It also enhances the idea that the police are also human,” PNP spokesperson Ruben Theodore Sindac said.
“Promoting the healthy lifestyle of the PNP personnel, PO2 Flormata serves as a model to all police officers who want to be fit and healthy while protecting our community from different crimes,” the PNP said in a separate statement, published in Rappler.
PNP has long been campaigning for a healthier and more fit police force. After all, a smart-looking uniform ain’t enough.