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Another honest taxi driver


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:21:00 04/25/2009

Filed Under: Transport, Road Transport

THIS the world should know.

Elmer Savadgan of the Philippines is an honest and extraordinary person, though a common ?tao? eking out a living through hard work ? that is by driving a taxi cab.

Last April 7, I boarded a taxi from San Juan. Because of the cab driver?s manners, I thought a modest tip would make him happy. I took my purse out of my bag, handed the fare and alighted from the back seat.

When I entered my destination, I noticed I was carrying only one bag, where I had placed my ?meeting papers.? That was when I realized that I had left my personal bag in the taxi.

I made an attempt to ring my mobile phone. On my second try and after a few rings, Elmer answered. I pleaded with him to return my bag, especially my personal belongings.

He apologized for not being able to answer right away because, he said, he had to look for the phone. He was in Morayta, where he had just dropped off a passenger. I requested him not to pick up any passenger in the meanwhile and to come directly where he dropped me off in Mandaluyong. He assured me, he would.

I got my bag back intact, not a fiber out of place. Elmer even asked me to look inside my bag and see if there was anything missing and he hesitated to accept a small token of my very deep appreciation: a modest amount that allowed him to have more than his ?boundary? ? for his family.

Elmer is an Ilongo and is an extraordinary, honest person.

To him and his family, my deepest gratitude for giving back my ?treasures??flash drives, keys, important cards, office ID, among others.

Elmer has once again proven that Filipinos are honest and respectable. Let us be proud of our race.
?MARIA CRUZ,
University of the Philippines,
Diliman, Quezon City



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