'Kutsero' in Luneta returns 4,000 euros to tourist

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2012 12:57 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2012 01:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A coachman (kutsero) in Luneta is gaining praises after he returned a large sum of money to a French woman he toured around the park.

Jaime Mayor, 48, of Caloocan City said he had just toured a group of French nationals around the park when one of them left a purse containing €4,000 (Php213,371) on the floor of his coach.

Jaime Mayor(Photo courtesy of Noel Alamar, dzMM)

"Pagbaba nila, malayo na sila, napansin ko iyung pitaka ng Pranses na babae. Nakita ko yung laman napakaraming mga euro, eh hinabol ko na pasakay na ng sasakyan nila," Mayor told dzMM.

"Hindi po kasi pinangangalagaan ko ang company namin... Niyakap po ako ng Pranses na babae, nag thank you po," he said in a separate interview with ABS-CBN News.

Mayor, who has four children and is his family's breadwinner, said he was not tempted to keep the money for himself.

“Di ko po kayang kumuha ng ibang gamit. Ok lang po na kumita ng maliit lang, sa awa ng Diyos ay nakapagtapos po sila ng pagaaral,” Mayor said referring to his four children aged 27, 23, 21 and 18.

The coachman said he earns a commission-based salary of P200 to P500 daily.

According to National Park Development Committee (NPDC) Spokesman Kenneth Montegrande, Mayor will be honored and be given a “Dangal ng Rizal Park Award” for his honesty.

“Lagi ho naming sinasabi sa kanila na ang paggawa ng mabuti ay kahanga-hanga. Ginawa po niya dahil alam niyang pang matagalan ang kanilang hanap-buhay. Kung di po niya ito ibinalik ay maaring kasiraan po ito ng ating lugar at bansa,” said Montegrande.

Meanwhile, Mayor’s fellow kutsero lauded him for his honesty.

“Bihira na po ang mga taong ganyan,” said Ising Cruz.

Recently, an airport janitor was commended for returning a bag filled with over P600,000 he found at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. - with reports from Noel Alamar, dzMM and Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News