Honest NAIA porter returns $4,800

Posted at 01/29/2014 11:00 PM | Updated as of 01/29/2014 11:00 PM
Honest airport porter Jony VIllon shows a thumbs-up sign after returning an envelope containing $4,800 to its rightful owner. Photo by Raoul Esperas

MANILA -- A baggage porter at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) returned $4,800 or more than P210,000 in cash to its rightful owner Wednesday, authorities said.

Despite his financial needs, porter Jony Villon said he did not think twice about turning over to NAIA authorities a blue transparent envelope he found in a baggage cart, which was left behind by a returning overseas Filipino worker.

Villon, who has been working as a NAIA porter for the past three years, told authorities that he found the envelope as he was retrieving baggage carts.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Villon said he immediately informed his superiors of his discovery, and took the envelope to the airport's lost and found section.

At the same time, OFW Cristina Alcaraz Rosal, accompanied by one Jayvee Estorgo, made a report about the lost envelope to airport officials.

As standard operating procedure, airport authorities
conducted an inventory in front of the owner to check the envelope's contents, which were 48 pieces of $100 bills.

According to Villon, he felt relieved that the money was returned to its owner, saying he was not tempted to keep the money for his own use.

Villon, also a former OFW from Israel, said he understood how valuable an OFW's earnings are.

"Alam ko po ang hirap ng isang OFW, kung kaya hindi ko naisip na ibulsa yung napulot ko," Villon, breadwinner of his family, said.

He earns P12,000 a month as a baggage porter.

Rosal, meanwhile, said she is very thankful for the exemplary honesty of Villon. - report from Raoul Esperas