We're not the only ones who were caught off guard when Facebook page BuhayLespu posted this:
The album, which has garnered more than 10,000 reactions and 810 shares as of writing, features PO1 Mel Rose Duma FTP of San Pedro Police Station, Davao City, with the hashtag "GandaPulisSpotted." The fresh-faced lady joins the ranks of the pretty Philippine policewomen whose appeal constitutes not only their beauty but also their bravery.
FHM got in touch with the visually arresting officer, and learned that she was originally meant to be part of a different kind of force: the local education system. She related, "Lisensya ko as a teacher ang ginamit ko para makapasok sa PNP last year. Nung OJT lang ako naka-experience magturo."
Having a policeman for a father (retired) and an older brother, it wasn't suprising that Duma dreamt of pursuing the same path in law enforcement. It also helped that her family was fully supportive of her decision to become a cop—a charming one at that.
She shared that it was one of her colleagues who shared her photos to the community group, which flooded her with notifications and friend requests the next day. "Sinabihan niya ako sa group chat namin na magse-send daw nga siya dun pero hindi ko sineryoso. Di ko ine-expect na tototohanin niya."
Duma still feels uncomfortable whenever she is praised for her newfound fame, but also sees it as a form of empowerment.
"Mas marami ang gustong pumasok sa PNP ngayon," she admitted, "Sa nangyari naman sa'kin, nakakagaan ng loob na maging isa kang magandang ehemplo sa kapwa."