by Deliza Maye Fernandez

BALAGTAS - Along with the warmest celebration of most of the Filipinos in the country are the policemen and traffic enforcers who seem to engage into the cold Yuletide season.

Three policemen of Balagtas Municipal Police Station have agreed to the point that Christmas also means giving up the celebration for the sake of duty.

“Matagal ko nang binura sa kalendaryo 'yong Pasko. Basta’t nasa linya ng military kasi, walang Pasko,” said SPO1 David Gumaraos.

Just like him, Intelligence Officer Aguilar seemed to have the same outlook on the concept of Christmas.

“Malungkot din kasi walang celebration. Ang primary objective kasi namin eh magsilbi,” he admitted.

PO3 Boifacio Ruma, however, said that doing their job during holidays is as overwhelming as one celebrates the Christmas in the typical way.

“Abnormal kasi 'yong duty namin. We celebrate our Christmas in the street because we protect the community to maintain peace and order. 'Yon na ang pinaka-Pasko namin,” Ruma asserted.

On the contrary regarding the lame views on Christmas of the policemen, the traffic enforcers also have conflicts in their schedules but they always make it up for Christmas.

Rolando Alcaraz and Ed Reyes stated that they always make time for their family because they believe it’s the true meaning of Christmas.

“Hindi pumapalya 'yong pagsisimba namin ng pamilya, pagkasimba sa umaga, deretso na sa trabaho,” Alcaraz added.

These five people who are always in service may have their own way of spending their holidays but the common denominator of serving the people would always be present in them.

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