- A police officer was caught on camera mistreating a call center agent while both were buying food at an eatery
- The video was posted and it quickly was reposted and became viral
- PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde has made an announcement that the said officer was relieved of his position
San Juan City, Philippines – Videos found on the internet can become viral for a number of reasons. The video can be funny, entertaining, or heartwarming. In some cases, it can become viral because the subject of the video is something unexpected.
A video from Aaron Estrada became viral and has been re-uploaded in different Facebook pages. The video is him talking to a police officer and both were trying to buy food from an eatery.
In the video, it looked like the officer was buying food and then Aaron “suddenly jumped the line,” which made the officer mad. He started talking rudely and has physically hit Aaron, too. Threats to take Aaron back to his precinct was made in the video as well. The video also appeared as though the officer did not know he was being recorded. The people in the eatery and even the owner tried numerous times to calm the officer down.
With the video becoming viral, the Philippine National Police has taken action with it. In a post in Facebook, PNP General Director Oscar Albayalde has acknowledged the video and he has identified the officer as Police Senior Master Sergeant Arnulfo Ardales.
The post acknowledged what happened the night of the incident and the complaint that was filed because of it.
He said PSMS Ardales has been relieved of his position and he was moved to the District Headquarters Service Unit of the Eastern Police District.
Numerous comments has commended the move of the PNP, while there were others that were asking if Aaron might have provoked the officer. Regardless of what happened, a police officer in uniform should not act the way the officer did in the video, regardless if it was fake or not.