City councilor Jimmy Carbonell on Monday handed a token of appreciation and a cash gift to Crisostomo Estoy, the honest driver from Barangay San Jose who returned his clutch bag containing important documents.
Carbonell said that the tricycle driver returned his clutch bag containing “important documents” and other personal belongings on November 10.
“Ang katapatan ay isang kayamanan ng mamamayan. Sana dumami pa ang kanyang lahi upang ‘yong mga reklamo sa ibang drivers ay mabawasan. A resolution commending him and token cash will be awarded to him for his honesty by returning our shoulder bag containing important documents. We are always ready for everyone who manifests honesty and law-abiding residents of Puerto Princesa,” Carbonell said.
According to Carbonell, he left his clutch bag inside Estoy’s tricycle around 4:30 p.m.
He decided to report to authorities that he lost something until he saw Estoy handed the bag to his daughter.
“[Nasakyan namin ang tricycle niya] ng aking tatlong apo mula sa may kanto ng Libis Road at highway pabalik sa aming bahay. Nang kami ay naihatid na ni Estoy, kami naman ay gumayak ng muli patungo na sa Mendoza Park upang manood ng Zumbaraw ng bigla kong maalaala ang shoulder bag ko na naglalaman ng mga mahahalagang bagay, dokumento at pera. Naisip ko na manawagan kaagad sa himpilan ng radyo at mag-report sa pulisya, ngunit wala pang sampung minuto ay napansin ko iyong tricycle na huminto sa harap ng aking bahay. Nang mapansin ng aking mga apo, nakausap na niya ang aking anak at iniabot ang aking bag,” he narrated.
Previously, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president and City Council ex-officio member Myka Magbanua also narrated how the same tricycle driver returned her cellphone some years ago.
“High school ako noong nalaglag ‘yong cellphone ko. I am not a well-known person kaya nagulat at natuwa ako noong nandoon na siya sa bahay namin. It is true that he is an honest person and it’s been a long time that he’s been doing the same,” Magbanua said.
Estoy also expressed his gratitude and thanked the city government for commending him.
“Hindi ko akalain na ganito ang mangyayari sa akin, hindi ako sanay sa ganito. Wala po akong ibang masabi kundi pasasalamat,”he said.
He appeared during the regular session as requested by city vice mayor Nancy Socrates requested to personally meet and thank him for being a “role model”.
“Thank you dahil isa kayo sa nagbigay ng magandang ehemplo para sa lahat ng ating kababayan hindi lang sa mga tricycle driver. You are putting Puerto Princesa in a very respective light,” Socrates said.