The Tough Career of Yolie and John Patrick Aggabao…police officers and parents

The Tough Career of Yolie and John Patrick Aggabao

…police officers and parents

By Apolinario Villalobos


Yolie and John Patrick met in the year 2000 when they were classmates at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and got married when they were in their third year, as 2nd class cadets. It was not a whirlwind love affair or a so-called “love at first sight”, but rather, one which was carefully nurtured resulting to a tightly bound commitment.


While Yolie is assigned at the Directorate for Logistics of the PNP National Headquarters at Camp Crame, as Assistant Division Chief for Supply Management, John Patrick is in central Mindanao, particularly, Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. He is the Officer In-Charge of the local PNP Force and his calm countenance contradicts the negative expectation on what it is to be assigned in Mindanao…which many Manila-based policemen dread. This is the reason why there was much grumbling from the ranks of Mindanao policemen when the national leadership of the PNP treated the region as a dumping ground for the scalawag policemen from Manila, and who need to be reformed as the move had an impression of being a threat.


John Patrick starts the day at the Tacurong PNP HQ with the formation of his Force during which a review of the previous day’s rounds is made, aside from his tireless giving of reminders on courtesy and honesty. Reports from the different units are given way for every one’s information, and if it is a Thursday, those with Islamic faith are reminded about their spiritual obligation the following day, Friday. After the formation, those on off duty stretch their muscles for several minutes of calisthenics.


With the onset of the Christian Advent season, he sees to it that those assigned at areas where the Misa de Gallo is held, are already in their posts not later than 2:30AM. And, as the PNP Headquarters is open 24/7, he has “quartered” himself in his meagerly furnished office. In so short a time, he has gained the reputation as a “soft spoken and a gentleman in uniform”. Effortlessly, in his very affable manner, he is changing the image of the police from “not so good” to “very good”.


Behind the gentle countenance is a disciplinarian father…that is according to Yolie. His love to their children, Kirsten (13 years old, Grade 8), Elianai (10 years old, Grade 4), and Kaithlyn ( 4 years old and in Nursery) is hinged on discipline. When he was yet with them, prior to his assignment in Tacurong City, he saw to it that the attention they got from him was not tinged with coddling.


On the other hand, Yolie is having a tough time as she is left with their three children. But being a woman with resilient character, she is able to properly divide her time between her career and motherly responsibilities. She tries her best to spend the best quality time with their children, aside from showing her equally best diligence as a career woman so that her bosses will not hesitate to grant her requests for emergency leaves as the needs would arise. This “compromise” more than makes Yolie a contented mother, wife, and a satisfied “lady cop”.


Finally, she confided that she and her husband were aware of the complications, especially, during holidays, that they would encounter while raising a family….they, being both in the uniformed service of the government.


Tough and  ideal couple, indeed, ….P/Supt. Yolie and P/Supt. John Patrick Aggabao, worthy of emulation!



John Patrick Aggabao…the tireless OIC of the Tacurong PNP

John Patrick Aggabao…the tireless OIC

Of the Tacurong PNP

By Apolinario Villalobos


The OIC of the Tacurong PNP starts the day of his Team with a formation during which he tirelessly briefs them about their obligations and responsibilities to the public. As the members of the Police Force stands at ease, he reminds them about their obligations and responsibilities as maintainers and preventers of crimes. And, to be effective in these duties, they should be vigilant and must take note of the unusual observed activities which may not require apprehension. Along this line, those assigned to patrol cars should not close the windows and avoid playing music on their cellphone during their cruise. Extra care should be observed in making apprehensions to avoid the accusation of being brutal. To make the serving of warrants to their subjects, all members of the Force shall be deputized to carry out such responsibility, instead of such being confined to a “warrant officer”. Those are just a few of the reminders that he tirelessly mentions during their formation so that they shall be deeply entrenched in the consciousness of his colleagues.


The briefing also includes reports by the heads of the different administrative units, including the custodian of the blotter. The formation culminates with the physical exercise of the scheduled members for the day.


Before the arrival of OIC Aggabao, many have been apprehensive on the kind of guy that would be assigned in the city, especially, because it was learned that he was young…not yet forty. But when he finally reported for duty, those who were apprehensive were relieved because they found him to be affable… friendly and with an easy smile.  He is so trusting that there are some days when he could be seen walking alone, as his own way of contributing to the foot patrolling effort of his contingent.


During our early morning meeting over a cup of coffee, thanks, to Bogz Jamorabon, he mentioned his commitment to really do his best in assisting the likewise, young mayor, Lina Montilla. He must have been aware of the early apprehensions before his arrival so that he made a resolve to really prove his worth as a “people’s police” and his colleagues’ “partner” in their endeavor to maintain peace and security in the city. The clear manifestation of the latter’s desire is his sharing of his knowledge and experience as regards their dangerous profession.