A pedicab driver received an unexpected reward from the city government of Manila after he returned money worth P1.2-M and a luxury watch from a Chinese national.
The good samaritan identified as Benjie Ordanza, 42, a resident of Baseco compound, asked a councilor of Manila for help to return a bag containing the money, watch and passport of the Chinese national.
The Manila City government quickly assisted the pedicab driver and searched for the owner of the bag.
During a Facebook live video, Moreno presented Ordanza to the netizens to give him a reward for his honesty.
Ordanza who’s living in Baseco known for being a squatters area received praise from Moreno, saying that people like Ordanza are “very rare”.
“Sa hirap ng buhay ng tao, madali mag-asam ng hindi iyo lalo kung walang nakakakita… He could have done other things other than this (returning it). It is literally very rare especially nowadays,” Moreno told the Chinese national.
According to Moreno, the Chinese National don’t even remember where he left his money, but Ordanza still returned it.
“Pwede niyang todasin (di isauli) diba? Wala namang nakakita eh, Diyos lang ang nakatingin sa kanila?” Moreno said.
For his honesty, Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna gave a total of P100,000 to Ordanza.
He also offered a job to the good samaritan.
“Gusto mo bang magtrabaho sa gobyerno?” Moreno asked Ordanza.
“Oh sige ihahanap kita ng permanenteng trabaho,” Moreno said.
Moreno said that he would ensure that the job that the city government of Manila will help Ordonza to give his family a better life.
“Dahil sa kabutihang loob mo yan ang napapala mo,” Moreno told Ordanza.
The Mayor also gave his own jacket to Ordanza.
Moreno also gave advice to Ordanza once he started working in the government of Manila.
“Marami kang dadanasin, maraming tuksong kakaharapin, minsan ka ng hindi na tukso wala ka sa gobyerno, eto lang ang masarap sa gobyerno, naglilingkod ka na sa taumbayan, may sweldo ka pa,” Moreno said.
He also wished that other people will imitate Ordanza’s honesty.