Honest tricycle driver returns P22,000 left by auto supply worker

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BALANGA CITY: A tricycle driver returned P22,000 in cash left in his tricycle by an employee of an auto supply store who was about to deposit the money in a bank here Tuesday morning.

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Junar Makabuhay, 28, of Santa Rosa, Pilar, Bataan, said he felt relieved and happy that he was able to return the money. “We may be poor but I will not covet such amount as I can earn it [Kahit mahirap lang kami, hindi ko pag-iinteresan ‘yan dahil kaya ko namang kitain],” the tricycle driver said.

He said he did not know that his passenger Jamron Morales, an auto supply employee, left the money in his tricycle until another passenger boarded and informed him about it.

“I went back to our terminal and asked if someone is missing money [Agad akong bumalik sa paradahan namin at nagtanong kung may naghahanap ng pera],” Makabuhay who is married and with two small children said. He left the money to their association president who in turn informed Balanga City Traffic Enforcer Ranri Cruz.

“I never thought that it would be returned to me and this is such a big help for me. I am grateful to the tricycle driver, to their president, and to the traffic enforcers and marshals of Balanga for the return of the money [Hindi ko na naisip na mababalik pa sa akin ito kaya malaking tulong ito sa akin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa tricycle driver, sa kanilang pangulo at sa traffic enforcers at marshals ng Balanga sa pagkakabalik sa akin ng pera],” Morales said.

Morales said he rode the tricycle from Santa Rosa to a bank in Balanga City with the money tucked in the bankbook. “I had so much on my hands and it escaped my notice that I have left the bankbook so I was stumped that the money that I ought to deposit was missing [Marami akong hawak kaya hindi ko napuna na nabitawan ko pala ang bankbook kaya laking gulat ko na nawawala pala perang dapat kong i-deposit],” the employee said.

As a sign of gratefulness, he gave the tricycle driver P2,000 that Makabuhay although refusing was forced to receive.

“I am thankful that there are still a lot of drivers who are kind and worthy of trust [Nagpapasalamat ako dahil marami pang driver na mabait at mapagkakatiwalaan],” the president of the Santa Rosa-Balut Tricycle Drivers-Operators Association said.

Ernie B. Esconde

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