Officer Robert John Arzaga was wounded during a gunfight and sustained a gunshot wound on his right hand. President Rody Duterte visited him while the officer was confined at the Riverside Medical Hospital in Bacolod City. Arzaga was injured while serving a search warrant in Murcia, Negros Occidental, on Friday. He was later confined at the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital.
PO1 Arzaga was injured when his team went to arrest Harold Valenciano, a leader of an armed group responsible for several shootings in the area. The group in question had suddenly opened fire just at the sight of the police team. This took place in Valenciano’s calamansi farm at Hacienda Jesusa 1, Brgy. Alegria, Murcia, Negros Occidental. Valenciano was later arrested, and the firearms and ammunition found in his house were confiscated by the authorities.
Duterte had offered to pay for Arzaga’s hospital bills, as he has also done so in the past for officers who were injured in the line of duty. Arzaga would also receive P100,000 pesos in cash for his efforts, and will be enrolled at Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program if he is not able to return to work right away.
The Philippine President makes it a habit to pay visits to soldiers and officers injured while serving their country. He had previously visited the wounded soldiers confined at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) in V. Luna Avenue, in Quezon City, last August. He also goes to the wakes of officers killed in the line of duty.
(source article via Sun Star)
Duterte shows his kindness and support to the soldiers of our country on a regular basis. He gives them rewards in the form of medals and cash, and if they are no longer able to work anymore due to an injury, he offers to pay for their hospital bills in full with added financial assistance.
The President has expressed that he will protect his cops and soldiers however he can for as long as they are not involved in drugs and corruption.