Honest airport taxi driver returns 1,000 Australian dollars

By Raoul Esperas

Posted at Feb 27 2014 11:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 28 2014 07:44 AM

NAIA shuttle driver Genelito Macaraig. Photo by Raoul Esperas

MANILA -- The culture of honesty has continued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as another employee returned 1,000 Australian dollars left behind by a returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Corporal Reynon Flores of the Airport Police Intelligence and Investigation Division identified the driver as Genelito Macaraig of the Airport Shuttle Service Inc. (ASSI).

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Macaraig, who drove a group of returning OFWs from NAIA Terminal 1, recalled that one of his passengers disembarked at the Victory Liner bus station along EDSA in Pasay City. The rest then got off the taxi in Caloocan.

While he was on his way back to the airport, Macaraig noticed a pouch bag inside his vehicle.

When he opened the pouch, he discovered that it contained money. Its owner was identified as Joseph Apacway of Benguet province.

Fortunately, Flores was able to trace the contact number of Apacway.

However, Apacway said he was already on his way to Benguet and would just retrieve the money when he comes back on Sunday.

According to Macaraig, he still felt relieved upon learning that the owner has been notified, and that the money will be returned to its rightful owner.

"Nakaluluwag po ng damdamin ng malaman na maisosoli po ang pera dahil alam ko po ang hirap para kumita ng pera," he said.

Macaraig, who is married and has three children, earns a minimum of P200 per day. This is equivalent to 10 percent of his earnings for his driving.

He said that as a driver, he is aware of the value of hard-earned money.

Thus, he believes that it is only right that he return the lost money without any hesitation.