Honesty catching on at NAIA?

Posted at 03/12/14 8:09 PM

Airport taxi driver Ricardo Villanueva is all smiles upon learning that the $1,700 that he returned was claimed by the rightful owner Richard Ramirez Oelino, an overseas Filipino worker who returned to the country to attend the wake of his father. Photo by Raoul Esperas for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - Honesty seems to be catching on at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

A taxi driver at the country's premier gateway has returned an overseas Filipino worker's (OFW) belongings that include $1,700 (around P76,000), a laptop, electronic gadgets, and passport left behind in his cab.

The taxi driver, Ricardo Villanueva, picked up the group of Richard Ramirez Pelino on Tuesday night after arriving at NAIA on board a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong, Corporal Reynon Flores of the Airport Police said.

Villanueva went to NAIA Terminal 3 to pick up another passenger and later returned to NAIA 1 where he discovered the black handcarried bag of Pelino in the back of his taxi.

He immediately reported it to the Airport Police and went back to the hotel where he dropped off Pelino's group.

Flores said Pelino went back to Manila to attend the wake of his father and the money was for his father's burial expenses.

Pelino thanked Villanueva and airport officials for safekeeping his bag containing the money, laptop, and other belongings.

Villanueva is a resident of San Fernando, Pampanga with 4 children. He spends the night sleeping inside his taxi and goes home to Pampanga weekly.

It wasn't the first time that people serving at the airport have returned money and belongings left behind by passengers. -report from Raoul Esperas