SAN FERNANDO CITY – A police officer here brought sunshine to a stranger's day when he returned a bag full of money to its owner.
PO2 Sunny Perez found a bag containing P114,960 at a restaurant in a mall here, which Renato Alvarez had left after having a meal.
Alvarez, an employee of a lending company based in Rosario, La Union, went to San Fernando City to buy spare parts and accessories for his car on Wednesday. He got hungry after shopping, and decided to stop for food.
The bag contained money meant for one of company's clients, mostly parents and relatives of graduating students. Alvarez was supposed to remit the money that day to a client.
"Inilapag ko iyong bag ko sa upuan sa harap ko. Dahil marami rin akong bitbit na iba, nakalimutan ko na itong bag ko. Nag-drive ako na wala iyong bag ko (I put the bag on the chair in front of me. I was carrying a lot of other things, so I forgot the bag. I drove away without my bag),” said Alvarez.
Alvarez then sought help from his client, who in turn looked to a police officer formerly based in another La Union town. His client's friend spread the word, and Perez responded to the call.
"Itinanong ko iyong guard kung kanino yung bag. Sabi niya, hindi niya alam. Sabi ko, baka ito yung bag na itinawag sa akin (I asked the guard who the bag belonged to. He said he did not know. I said, maybe this is the bag that was called in)," Perez said.
"Ayun, tinignan ko kung andun iyong sinasabi na pera. Hindi naman po sa akin [ang pera]. Kung hindi sa iyo, huwag mong kukunin (I checked if the money was inside. The money was not mine. You should not take something that does not belong to you)," he added.
Alvarez came all the way from Sison, Pangasinan to claim his bag.
"Lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa kabutihang loob ni sir Perez at sa mga kapulisan natin sa San Fernando. Ngayon ako naniniwala na katiwatiwala ang mga pulis natin, lalo na dito sa La Union (I am thankful to Perez and the San Fernando police. I now believe that our police officers are trustworthy, especially in La Union)," he said.
Perez has served as a police officer for six years. He is one of the San Fernando police’s beat patrollers.