Kindness is an innate trait of all human beings. It is always there and was always there from the start. Because of a number of factors that affect how we view life per se – the environment, peers, and circumstances – people tend to deflect to an easier route. But no matter what, kindness will always be a part of who we are as a human being.
It always feels good to hear stories of heroism and honesty most especially when it’s in your own homeland fulfilled by your fellowmen. It makes you the proudest person for being with the same color carrying the same compassion and discipline. It almost feels like you are one with them.
Here is a compilation of taxi drivers’ stories who show honesty and integrity in their jobs.
Image Courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer
Story #1 Honest Airport Taxi Driver Rodney Chad Mallari
Rodney Chad Mallari – an honest taxi driver did not think twice of returning a Php200, 000 worth of cash and other valuables to his passenger at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
On July 3 of this year, airport taxi driver Mallari found a black pouch with Php50, 000 cash, $2,000 cash, identity and credit cards, and an iPhone 8 in the back seat of his taxi cab. He knowingly recognized the passenger and immediately went back to NAIA Terminal 2 to report this. The passenger, Belen Zoza Swegler, a 66-year-old American citizen was thankful for Mallari’s unswerving honesty despite the adversity that taxi drivers like him face with the new tax law.
Mallari was commended by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for his ‘Exemplary deed and commitment to service as [a public utility vehicle] driver worth emulating by fellow drivers’. #MiHero #SaludoAngMicab
Image Courtesy of ABS-CBN
Story #2 Honest Cab Driver Reggie Cabututan from Baguio
Reggie Cabututan – a Baguio taxi driver who went viral for his priceless honesty is now blessed with a scholarship worth of Php220, 000 and a brighter future waiting for him.
Early last year, Cabututan found a luggage with important documents, gadgets, and cash belonging to his passenger, Australian Businessman Trent Shields in Baguio City. The luggage that contained approximately P1 Million worth of cash and valuables was returned to its rightful owner when Cabatutan immediately reported it to the police station.
He was lauded by the local government of Baguio and was awarded a ‘Certification of Commendation to the Honest Taxi Driver’ during a flag ceremony. He was also granted a training scholarship by Vivixx Academy and Coder Factory, an Australian-based company.
Indeed, our taxi drivers are still proven to be as reliable and honest as they can be.
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