FOR returning the huge amount of cash they found at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after being lost by their different owners, a security guard, a taxi driver and a wheelchair attendant were honored for their honesty by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade who, despite his busy schedule, took time to meet them last Thursday.
Aside from honoring and thanking them for their honesty, Tugade gave P10,000 check each to SG Alfredo Baldoza Jr., Cabbie Antonio Infanta and Attendant Alfredo Ocde during a simple ceremony at the country’s premier airport. At the same time, Tugade pledged to help Infanta so he could get immediate medical attention at the Asian Hospital for his clef palate.
Airport records showed Baldoza Jr. turned over some US$5,500 cash he found at the unloading area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 while Infanta and Ocde returned more than P200,000 and P700,000 cash respectively to their owners.
This was the second time this week that the trio received monetary reward for what they did. Last Monday during the weekly flag raising ceremony, they also received P10,000 from Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal also as a reward for their honesty. They were among the 27 other NAIA workers who were recognized that day for their “goodness.”
Monreal identified the other personnel that were given plaques of recognition for intercepting 22 stolen diamonds sent from Kuala Lumpur last December as Airport Police personnel Roderick Mejia, Jesus Ducusin, Gilfredo Dilan, Victor Mallari, Alvin Patayan, Archieval Amoguis, Eduardo Duran and Roberto Umitin.
Other awardees were Rustoms Gammaru, William Boco, Edwin Panti, Camelo Mari, Evler Buisel, Mark Jayson Feliciano, Brian Sibal, Noel Jabonitalia, Allan Lopez, Reymart Corto, Estrelita Perosa, Nonita Malinao, Gildina Aragon, Elanor Hernandez, Julie Esmilio, and Ana Espiritu.