MANILA — Police Officer 2 (PO2) Mariano Perez Flormata, Jr., dubbed as “Poging Pulis,” dedicated his Mister International 2014 title to his fallen comrades.
“I am offering this fight to them, as I condole with their families,” Flormata said.
The 29-year-old police officer from Tondo, Manila, also known as Neil Perez and an Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technician of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group, said that seven of the 44 slain troopers were his batchmates in Batch Mabalasig 2008.
PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. expressed delight over Flormata’s victory in behalf of the police force.
“Of course we are happy for him. It’s an honor not only for the PNP, but the whole country as well. From the Officer-in-charge PNP Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina down the line are all proud of his extraordinary accomplishment,” Cerbo said.
Flormata emerged a champion with Mister Lebanon placing first, followed by Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia respectively.