Honest farmer gets unexpected reward from PRO-Cor officer   

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 7 PIA) -- An  honest farmer  from  Tublay, Benguet received unexpected  reward  for returning  the sling bag containing money and other documents  he found  and started  the new year free of  hospital debt.

The good deeds of Mando Alonzo, a farmer who returned more than P133, 000 cash was reciprocated with a reward from Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) Regional Director Police Brigadier General R’win Pagkalinawan.

Last Christmas Day, Alonzo found a sling bag while passing through Baayan Road at Sitio Sayatan in Tublay. The bag contained huge amount of money, and as he looked thoroughly inside the bag, he found IDs and the cellphone number of the owner was there.

He called the number and talked to the owner who identified himself as Roger Santiago. They agreed to meet at the Tublay Municipal Police Station for proper turn-over of the found sling bag.

At the Tublay MPS, PMSgt Ronald Neil Bagta facilitated the turn over of the sling bag complete with its contents to the rightful owner who thanked Alonzo for his honesty without asking for anything in return.

Alonzo, a farmer and a jeepney driver traversing the Baguio-Pico, La Trinidad route, is among the many individuals in the informal sector whose livelihood were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He   helps   his wife in cultivating sayote to sell in the market to make both ends meet.

In June 2020, Alonzo’s wife was hospitalized and   underwent a gall bladder operation. Their health insurance, savings, and donations from different individuals fell short to cover their hospital bills, and Alonzo signed a promissory note that he would pay the remaining bills any time soon.

Despite the  his difficult financial situation, Alonzo's innate honesty reigned choosing  without  hesitation to return the money he found to the owner.

Impressed and touched by his honesty, Pagkalinawan   offered to pay the remaining hospital bill  of Alonzon's wife amounting to P37, 740.00 from his personal pocket.

On January 4, 2021, personnel of Tublay MPS fetched Alonzo at their house in Barangay Ba-ayan, Tublay and accompanied him to settle said hospital bills at the Benguet General Hospital.

Alonzo expressed his gratitude for the unexpected blessing. He said he only did what was right and that financial difficulty is not a reason to keep what is not rightfully his. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR with reports from PROCOR RPIO)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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