Left photo shows Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa security personnel Joel Yguinto turning over the wallet to 2nd SOU-MG PCP1 Arnur Badang on July 19. Right photo shows South African national Stephen Malcolm Pratt and his girlfriend claiming the item from maritime group official P/Lt. Aldin Brogarolas on the same day. (Photos courtesy of 2nd SOU-MG)

The security personnel of an island resort in Honda Bay who found a lost wallet was hailed as a “Good Samaritan” by a South African national to whom the item was returned on July 19 at the headquarters of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (2nd SOU-MG) in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes.

2nd SOU-MG spokesperson P/Lt. Dandy Ferriol identified the security personnel on Saturday as Joel Yguinto of Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa.

Ferriol said Yguinto initially turned over the lost wallet to their desk officer PCP1 Arnur Badang under the supervision of their deputy commander P/Maj. Rae Charles Enrile at about 10:20 a.m.

South African national Stephen Malcolm Pratt (2nd from left) and his girlfriend (1st from left) takes a photo with City Tourist Police Patrolwoman Villaverde, 2nd SOU-MG deputy commander P/Maj. Rae Charles Enrile and P/Lt. Aldin Brogarolas at their headquarters at the Honda Bay Wharf in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes. (Photos courtesy of 2nd SOU-MG)

The wallet belongs to 24-years old Stephen Malcolm Pratt from South Africa. It contains P7,200 cash, credit cards, and 53,000 Vietnamese dong (VND).

“Dinala ni Yguinto ‘yong wallet sa headquarters namin para matulungan mabalik sa may-ari. Kinontak namin agad ‘yong Aviation Security Group (AVG) para matulungan na mahanap ‘yong wallet. Pero ‘yong South African national ay nauna pala na humingi ng tulong sa City Tourist Police,” Ferriol said.

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He said Pratt and his girlfriend were accompanied to their office by a patrolwoman to seek help.

It was at their headquarters that the wallet was returned to him by P/Lt. Aldin Brogarolas, Ferriol said.

“Guest daw for two days sa Dos Palmas ‘yong foreigners. Hinatid na daw nila sa city sa wharf ‘yong pero hindi siguro napansin na nahulog ‘yong wallet sa bangka. Matinding pasasalamat noong foreigner sa mga tumulong para sa pagbalik ng wallet niya, wala na daw kasi siyang pera. May papa-fund transfer na nga daw sana dahil may mga tours pa sila,” he said.

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