This ‘lodi’ patrolman is also a restaurateur on a mission 2
"Iniisip ng iba ang pulis mangongotong, mamamatay-tao. ​Ako ang isa mga police bloggers ngayon na nagre-restore ng tiwala ng tao sa pulis," says Patrolman Dizon. 
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This ‘lodi’ patrolman is also a restaurateur who gives jobs to those who once lost their way

Franz Dizon’s brush with the law became his motivation to clean up his act and take a lifelong dream seriously
RHIA GRANA | Jan 09 2023

For Franz Angelo Dizon, June 2018 was a long nightmare. It was the month he got arrested and then detained at the Sampaloc Police Station for a crime he swears he did not commit. He and an acquaintance were accused of molesting a minor. Charges of rape and acts of lasciviousness were filed against them, with the arrest even landing on local news. 

At that time, the 24-year-old Manileño was already a graduate of BS Public Administration at Cavite West Point College and serving as a Sangguniang Kabataan official. Dizon, now 29, admits to being the happy-go-lucky type in his younger years. “Talagang sinulit ko ang kabataan ko. Mabarkada ako noon. Tulog ako sa liwanag, gising sa gabi,” he recalls to ANCX.

Franz Angelo Dizon
Ever since he was young, Dizon always wanted to become a policeman. 

In one barangay fiesta, he organized a street party, which was attended by the youth in their community. The event lasted till the wee hours. “Para hindi kami makagambala sa daan, nagdesisyon ako na ituloy na lang sa bahay namin [ang inuman],” the former SK official recalls. 

According to Dizon, everyone had a great time that night, so he was shocked to find policemen in their home the following morning. He was brought to the police station where he and his co-accused were presented to media. “Ang bilis ng pangyayari. Na-trial by publicity kami nun,” he says.

The preliminary investigation took a month, and all along Dizon was locked up at the Sampaloc Police Station. This was when the gravity of his situation dawned on him. “Doon ko naisip na tapos na ang mga pangarap ko, tapos na ang buhay ko,” he recalls.

“Para akong kuting na itinapon sa kulungan ng mga leon. Iba’t ibang klase ng tao ang kasama ko—holdupper, snatcher, drug addict. Siksikan kami sa loob, skin to skin. Magkakapatong mga hita namin. May natutulog ng nakatayo. May natutulog sa tabi ng CR. Walang oras na hindi ako umiiyak. Para siyang isang bangungot.”

But as the investigation came to a close, it appeared that no sufficient evidence was found against Dizon and his co-accused, and the complainant eventually withdrew the case. On July 2, exactly a month after the arrest, Dizon was once again a free man. 

Franz Angelo Dizon
“Ginamit ko ang experience na yun as motivation para i-prove sa mga tao na hindi naniniwala sa akin na kaya kong tuparin ang pangarap ko,” says Dizon.

Dizon should have been at his happiest after the release, but he had mixed emotions. “Hindi ko alam kung paano ako magpapakita sa mga tao. Yung confidence level ko was down to zero,” he says. He was not convicted of any crime and yet many have already made up their mind about him. 

But instead of wallowing in the trauma, Dizon chose to prove his naysayers wrong. “Ginamit ko ang experience na yun as motivation para i-prove sa mga tao na hindi naniniwala sa akin—sa mga tao na nagsasabing, ‘Wala na, sira na buhay mo. Hanggang diyan ka na Lang’—na kaya kong tuparin ang pangarap ko,” he says. 

Dizon decided to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer after his release. Ever since he was young, he’s wanted to be a policeman; thanks to the influence of a father who works as a jail guard at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Franz Dizon
Patrolman Dizon is currently assigned to the Manila Police District’s Tourist Police Unit.

In August of the following year, Dizon officially became part of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He’s currently assigned to the Manila Police District’s Tourist Police Unit.

“Hindi ko naman ipinagpapasalamat na nangyari yun,” he said of his month-long misfortune, “pero dahil nangyari na nga, ginamit ko na lang siya bilang inspiration, motivation para mas galingan ko sa mga susunod na araw.”

In his first couple of years as a law enforcer, Dizon was already doing good on his promise. His critics would see the name Patrolman Franz Angelo Dizon getting commended on the National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) Facebook page. “Palagi nilang nababalitaan na nakahuli ng limang holdupper, ng snatcher, ng drug user,” he says. That was Dizon earned the nickname “Pambansang Patrolman,” which he eventually used as the handle for his Facebook and TikTok account, which currently has 24K and 1.4 million followers respectively.

Franz Angelo Dizon
Because of his accomplishments as a police officer, Dizon earned the nickname “Pambansang Patrolman,” which he now uses as handle for his Facebook and TikTok accounts.

“Ginagamit ko na siyang pang blog kasi alam naman natin ngayon ang image ng kapulisan. Iniisip ng iba ang pulis mangongotong, mamamatay-tao. So ako ang isa mga police blogger ngayon na nagre-restore ng tiwala ng tao sa pulis. Na ang pulis ay approachable, presentable, dependable. Na anytime na kailanganin mo, hindi maghe-hesitate na tumulong sa iyo,” he says.

Dizon says there are drug addicts reaching out to him thru his social media accounts because they want to reform their lives. “Merong gustong magbago pero hindi nila alam paano. Takot silang makipag-usap sa pulis. Sabi ko, ‘Open ako. Sige lapit kayo sa akin. Mag-usap tayo tungkol sa pagbabago nyo.”’

This police officer continues to dream, not only for himself but also for his family. Thus, in December of 2021, Franz decided to open a restaurant named after his father, called Tata Achot’s One Stop Pulutan​ located at 907 Lerma St., Sampaloc City. “Paraan ko na din ito para makabawi sa pamilya ko, sa mga sakit ng ulo na naidulot ko sa kanila dati,” says Dizon, who was featured in an episode of Tikim TV.

Tata Achot's
Dizon on opening a restaurant business: “Paraan ko na ito para makabawi sa pamilya ko, sa mga sakit ng ulo na naidulot ko sa kanila dati."

His “sizzlingan” as he calls it, is known for all sorts of meat—porterhouse, beef sirloin, quarter pounder, liempo, pork chop, Hungarian sausage, chicken etc.—with each serving sold only at P99, and already comes with unlimited pouring of gravy and unlimited rice. The business is doing very well, thanks to the power of social media.

Thru his eatery, he’s able to help former PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) to make a brand new start. “Alam mo naman dito sa Pilipinas, kapag convicted ka, limited na ang chance na makapagbago ka. Limited ang opportunity na makakuha ng disenteng trabaho. Kaya yung iba, bumabalik na lang sa dati nilang gawain,” he says. 

Franz Angelo Dizon
This January, Patrolman Dizon is opening a new restaurant called Sinabawan at the University Belt in Sampaloc.

This is why he decided to give some of them a chance by hiring them as crew at Tata Achot’s. “Makikita mo talaga ang hardwork nila. Makikita mong pinahahalagahan nila ang chance na ibinigay sa kanila.”

This January, the self-confessed foodie is opening another restaurant called Sinabawan at the University Belt in Sampaloc. As the name implies, it will serve all sorts of soup dishes such as bulalo and balbacua. “Same concept—everything at P99,” says the patrolman-turned-restaurateur.  

To those who are going through difficult setbacks in life, Patrolman Dizon’s advice is to never give up. “Pag meron tayong mga nararanasan na struggles, wag nating susukuan,” he says. “Sabi nga ng matatanda, wala namang ibibigay si Lord na hindi natin kakayanin. Habang buhay, may pag-asa. Maniwala lang tayo kay Lord at siyempre sa sarili natin.”

Photos courtesy of Patrolman Franz Angelo Dizon