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Police wanted for Misters of the Philippines 2014

Too handsome to be a cop.

This is the usual comment that Police Officer 2 Mariano Flormata, Jr. would hear from his admirers as he make his rounds at the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

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Police Officer 2 Mariano Flormata, Jr. is a contestant in Misters of the Philippines 2014.

But while many see him as beefcake, Flormata’s police uniform commands respect.

“They would ask why I chose to be a policeman when I can build a career in showbiz and modeling,” said Flormata in an interview. “But I would tell them that the police profession is my first love. Being a policeman is my childhood dream,” he added.

As a young boy, Flormata recalled that he was always the cop when playing with his friends. The influence came from his father, a retired police sergeant assigned with the so-called Manila’s Finest, the Western Police District which is now called the Manila Police District.

Flormata, 28 and still single, is a graduate of Criminology at the Manuel L. Quezon University. He joined the police force in 2008 and is currently assigned at the Aviation Security Group and trained in bomb disposal and aircraft anti-hijacking. To date, he has earned for himself 13 medals for showing excellence in responding to disaster and civil disturbance.

But while being a cop is his true calling, Flormata admitted his interest in modeling. Next month, he would vie for the title Misters of the Philippines 2014 along with 19 other contestants.

“This is the first time I would join this kind of contest. I hope I would not fail the PNP (Philippine National Police (PNP) which I somehow represent,” said Flormata.

Flormata, who stands at 5’11 (178 centimeter) will represent Manila. He said his friends convinced him to join.

Using the name Neil Perez, Flormata has a Facebook fan page where all his pictures from the pre-contest photo shoot are posted.

It has already garnered 254 likes but Flormata hopes to gather more before the contest proper in September.

Chief Supt. Reuben Thedore Sindac, chief police information officer, said they find nothing wrong with Flormata joining the contest.

In fact, he said Flormata was even encouraged by his superior, Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa, head of the Aviation Security Group, who also vowed to extend support for him.

“Extra-curricular activities are okay for as long as it supports and compliments their work. It also enhances the idea that the police are also human,” said Sindac.