Netizen thanks honest taxi driver for returning phone
Aileen Cerrudo • November 12, 2019 • 568
Amid the severe traffic, long work hours, and other difficulties in life, sometimes it only takes a simple act of kindness to turn a bad day into a good one.
Lawrenz Sierra was late for work on Saturday (November 9) morning, so he took a taxi. Unfortunately, he left his phone inside the taxi. He asked his manager to call his phone but no one was answering.
“Hindi ko na din nahabol si kuyang driver. Halos mawalan na ako ng pag-asa na makuha iyong phone ko (I was not able to catch the driver. I almost lost hope of getting my phone back),” he said.
A few moments later, the taxi driver called back the manager saying he will return Lawrenz’s phone.
“Nagpapasalamat ako siyempre. Kasi nagkusa siya ibalik. He even looked for another taxi driver kasi hindi daw siya marunong gumamit ng smart phones (I am very thankful because he returned my phone. He even looked for another taxi driver because he does not know how to use a smartphone),” Lawrenz said during an email interview.
Unfortunately, Lawrenz was not able to get the driver’s name but he gave him a gift as a form of gratitude for his honesty.
“Well deserved naman po si manong sa mga papuri (He is well-deserved of the praise),” Lawrenz said.—AAC (with details from Cianell Camposano)
The woman who was caught in a viral video was arrested by the Caloocan City Police and is facing charges for violating quarantine protocols.
According to Caloocan City Police Chief PCol. Dario Menor, Mikaela Tahum is facing charges of Alarm and Scandal, Unjust Vexation, Resistance and Disobedience to a Person in Authority, and for violating the City Ordinance on face masks.
In the viral video, Tahum was trying to enter Barangay 156 in Bagong Barrio but was blocked by the police since the said area was under total lockdown. She was also seen not wearing a mask.
Tahum kept insisting, saying she only needed to hand over a bag to someone living in the area.
“Iaabot nga lang (I am just going to hand this over). Wala akong paki sayo, sino ka ba (I don’t care about you, who do you think you are)?” she told a policeman in the video.
Menor said they verified that Tahum was not an authorized person outside residence (APOR).
“Kitang-kita naman na wala siyang mask. Then nung vinerify kung APOR siya, it turned out na unauthorized person outside residence siya kasi hindi naman siya essential workforce (She clearly wasn’t wearing a mask. Then when we verified if she was an APOR, it turned out that sh wasn’t because she is not a part of the essential workforce),” he said.
Meanwhile, the Caloocan City Police Chief also reminds the public to adhere to quarantine protocols and abide by the law. —AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
Alano Abuan is grateful for the chance to go out and operate his jeepney again.
Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government has temporarily banned public transportation to avoid the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
However, five barangays in Baguio City applied for a travel permit for jeepney drivers to operate, on the condition that instead of passengers paying for the fare, they can opt to donate.
Barangay councilman (Kagawad) Arturo Frias said they want to assist the jeepney drivers as well as constituents who would need to travel amid the ECQ. Frias said they are proud of their jeepney drivers for their service.
“Sabi ng mayor, huwag kayong maningil. Kung magkano iyon ibigay na donation, iyong lang. Proud kami sa mga driver dito kasi hindi po sila pwersang naniningil sa mga pasahero (The mayor said don’t ask for payment. Whatever donation they give is fine. We are proud of our drivers because they do not forcefully collect payment from their passengers),“ he said.
Alano said there is no problem if passengers would only donate as long as he can still provide for his family.
“Basta mayroon okay iyon. Nagkakasya naman (As long as we have something. It is enough),” he said.
One of the passengers, Andrew Gangganga said the donations can both help the passengers as well as the drivers amid the ECQ.
“Maganda po kasi kapag donation, kahit anong amount, okay lang. Nakakatulong din iyong driver, give and take lang (It is good because if it is a donation any amount is okay. It will help the driver, just give and take),” he said. –AAC
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