“MY beloved President, sir, humihiling po ako ng tatlong minuto lang po sa ngalan ng pag-ibig, sir. I would like to take this… I would like to grab this very rare opportunity and perfect timing, sir. Lingid sa kaalaman ng nakararami, sir, iyong aide-de-camp n’yo, sir, si Police Senior Inspector Alnieza Kinang, sir, is my girlfriend for five years and 10 months already.”
This was how Senior Insp. Arvin Jumillo began his speech as he asked permission from President Rodrigo Duterte to propose to his girlfriend of five years, Duterte’s aide-de-camp Senior Insp. Romea Alnieza Kinang, who happened to be then trailing the President up on stage at Camp Rafael Rodriguez in Butuan City.
Kinang was on stage with Duterte when Jumillo began surprising everybody, including the President, with his unique wedding proposal.
“Kaya hinugot ko ang lakas ng loob sa katawan ko para gawin ito. Sa ngalan ng pag- ibig, sir,” Jumillo said.
The couple’s love story could have been a plot straight out of a romantic movie.
Jumillo and Kinang were scheduled to tie the knot this month. However, they broke up after a quarrel.
“Ganoon pa man, sir, I’m thankful na talagang everything happens for a reason. Have it happened na kinasal tayo, hindi mangyayari ito na makapag-propose ako sa’yo before the President of the Republic and the viewing public throughout the world,” Jumillo said as his senior officials cheered him on.
The love-struck cop then addressed Kinang:
“Romea Alnieza Kinang, when you left me, I realized na for the past five years and 10 months na we’ve been together, na-realize ko na marami akong pagkukulang as your boyfriend. But don’t you worry, pakasalan mo lang ako, I still have forever para bumawi as your husband,” Jumillo vowed before he got down on one knee.
Surprisingly, the usually stoic Presidential Assistant Secretary Bong Go wore a smile and felt happy for the newly-engaged couple.
Jumillo then went onstage and handed Kinang a bouquet of roses. He gave her an engagement ring and kissed her on the cheek while Jason Mraz’ song “I Won’t Give Up” played.
Duterte clapped as the crowd cheered on.
Jumillo and Kinang later took a souvenir photo with the President.