WATCH: On bended knee, cop proposes to girlfriend in front of colleagues

Aleta Nieva Nishimori, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2017 05:54 PM

Photo courtesy of PO1 Kevin Merl Macatimbol

A video of a rookie policeman proposing to his longtime girlfriend has gone viral on social networking site Facebook. 

Police Officer 1 Kevin Merl Macatimbol popped the question to Non-Uniformed Personnel Mercy Rivera during formation in front of the Alabel Municipal Police Station on Monday.

Photo courtesy of PO1 Kevin Merl Macatimbol

“Matagal na naming gustong magpakasal, but for some reasons di maituloy. Alam niyang mahiyain ako. Sabi niya kahit mag propose daw po ako na kaming dalawa lang,” he said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News. 

But the officer proved to be a gentleman when he decided to make the once in a lifetime proposal in front of his girlfriend’s colleagues and chief of police.

He said he didn’t want to rob her of that experience.

“Isang beses lang mangyayari sa iyo yun, minsan lang."

Video courtesy of PO1 Kevin Merl Macatimbol

Macatimbol, who is assigned at the City Public Safety Company in General Santos, said he asked the permission of his commander, as well as the chief of police of Alabel Municipal hall, if he could propose to Rivera during the morning formation. 

He also asked Rivera’s colleagues not to say a word to her about the planned proposal.

The video posted on the Alabel Pulis Sarangani's Facebook page shows Rivera’s colleagues cheering Macatimbol on as he handed a bouquet of flowers to her. He then went down on one knee to put an engagement ring on her finger.

And his girlfriend of 7 years said “yes”.