Judy Anne de Villa was on her way home to Navotas when three men suddenly declared a holdup inside the bus she was riding.
According to reports, it happened along EDSA’s southbound lane at around 11:35 pm. The suspects were said to have boarded the bus near Samson College in Cubao, EDSA.
The 24-year-old policewoman, who was wearing a black jacket over her uniform, acted quickly and pointed a gun at them telling them to surrender, mere seconds after 39-year-old Juanito “Yoyoy” Arsenio robbed 15 of de Villa’s fellow passengers of their belongings.
Jumping out of the bus, she chases Arsenio along with two of his companions as they tried to flee. Then she fires, hitting Arsenio in the buttocks.
The two unknown suspects fled the scene but are now being vigilantly hunted down by the police.
She told the Inquirer, “I never thought they would declare a holdup in a crowded area like Cubao. Having my uniform on gave me more courage to go after the suspect.”
Because of her act of heroism she received a commendation from her superior, Senior Superintendent Dante Novicio, chief of Navotas Police.
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