- A couple of police personnel assigned at Police Station 5 in Angeles City in Pampanga found themselves relieved from their duties for their involvement in an arrest prank video
- The prank video, which has gone viral, involved the arrest of a certain Boss Paul Soo whom other persons in the video identified as the owner of the house they were all in
- Two police personnel identifying themselves as assigned at Police Station 5 after verifying they have the person they’re looking for promptly arrested Soo who even attempted to resist
- The Mayor of Angeles City, upon learning about the video, was so upset that he wrote the city’s police chief, Colonel Rommel Batangan, to relieve all police officers and personnel of Station 5
An arrest prank video in Angeles City, Pampanga, caused the relief of a couple of personnel assigned at Police Station 5 in the city.
The video, which has since gone viral, showed two policemen identifying themselves as police personnel assigned at Police Station 5 in Angeles City, Pampanga, stop by the gate of a house located in an unidentified area in the city.
The footage further showed around 11 persons grouped together in one corner of the house’s lawn.
One of the police personnel told them they are looking for a certain Paul Soo, which some of the persons grouped in the lawn identified as “boss Paul,” the owner of the house.
Soo later came out of the house and presented himself before the authorities, who promptly arrested and handcuffed him.
At first, Soo attempted to resist the police officers arresting him, causing a commotion and alarming the people within the compound.
The video later showed a handcuffed Soo being loaded into an official police vehicle with the body number “348” and “Angeles CPO PRO3” stenciled on its sides, followed by several persons from the house, many of them crying
Near the end of the video, Soo was seen still aboard the police vehicle laughing with the police and telling everyone it was all a prank.
He asked the police to return to the house, which they did, and it was only then everyone knew it was all a joke.
Not everyone was laughing, though, as the Mayor of Angeles City, Carmelo Lazatin Jr., became upset with the prank video.
The mayor wrote to Colonel Rommel Batangan, the police chief of Angeles City, and asked for the relief of all Police Station 5 personnel.
“For more than an entire year, members of our community have tirelessly complied with community quarantine measures, ‘stay-at-home’ orders, and strict public health protocols, all in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus. It is simply unconscionable that personnel from the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) would participate in such nonsensical activities,” the mayor’s letter read.
“These actions are disadvantageous to the best interest of the government as it not only makes use of government property for a senseless ‘prank’ but also undermines the efforts of the entire local government unit to implement public health protocols. This is not the kind of conduct that the public deserves from their police officers,” Mayor Lazatin added.
In an interview with Bombo Radyo, Police Regional Office 3 Regional Police Director B/Gen. Valeriano De Leon said that the incident could have resulted in dire outcomes, such as a bloody confrontation.
According to a Rappler report, only the two policemen seen in the prank video had been issued relief orders as of Sunday afternoon, April 4.
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A practical joke or prank video has become a trend in the past decade. Oftentimes, the objective of the video is to gain more views and reactions so as to boost the popularity of the said video. Prank videos are generally lighthearted and without lasting effect; they aim to make the victim feel humbled or foolish, but not victimized or humiliated. Thus most prank videos are affectionate gestures of humour and designed to encourage laughter. However, there are instances where prank videos resulted in undesirable consequences like the filing of legal complaints, and in some cases, even serious injuries.
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