Honest airport pushcart retriever Porferio Lavado Jr. returns a pouch containing P120,000 worth of cash in foreign currency. Photo by Raoul Esperas
MANILA - A pushcart retriever at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 returned a pouch containing cash equivalent to P120,000 left behind by an arriving passenger.
Porferio Lavado Jr., a 42-year-old native of Quezon, found the pouch on top of a baggage pushcart during the peak hours of arrival of foreign airlines.
He immediately coordinated with the airport police, which, in turn, used the public address system to announce the name of the pouch's owner, Xiren Wu.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Lavado said he did not think about keeping the pouch containing foreign currency.
Lavado was rewarded by Wu with P10,000, but the pushcart retriever chose to share P8,000 with members of the airport police.
According to Lavado, it was not his first time to return a left-behind item in the airport.
He said, when he finds items again in the future, he will always return them to their rightful owners. -- By Raoul Esperas