Honest NAIA employee, taxi driver earns praise for returning P920,000 worth of cash, valuables to OFW’s

While NAIA has enjoyed a bad rep in the past because of ‘tanim-bala’ and other scams, but lately tells a different and inspiring story out of our airport. Here’s why!

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, an OFW who goes by the name Mary Jane Gane misplaced her bag containing more than P700,000 in cash and valuables.

According to Airport police Colonel William Dolot, “Gane came from a currency exchange booth. She intends to use the money to purchase a house for her family.”

“Wheelchair attendant Rizaldy Ocde found Gane’s bag and notified Dolot. The bag was returned to Gane after authorities verified with the currency exchange booth and the airport CCTV,” Dolot said.

Meanwhile, a departing passenger identified as Benjamin Cantanero of Las Piñas sought the assistance of airport police Jamie Estrella after he accidentally left his bag inside a taxi.

The bag contains more than P200,000 in cash and his mobile phone.

Estrella contacted Cantanero’s phone and the taxi driver, Antonio Infanta, 71, of Bram Taxi, answered the call and returned the bag containing P220,000 in cash and travel documents.

The grateful taxi passenger gave the honest cab driver some cash as a token of appreciation for his honesty.

In a span of two days, P920,000 worth of cash was returned to its rightful owners in two separate incidents at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Airport General Manager Ed Monreal said the incidents were reported last January 19 and January 21 at NAIA Terminal 3.

“The honesty of the taxi driver and wheelchair attendant plus the immediate assistance provided by our airport police proves that coordination is essential in the recovery and I praised them all,” he said.

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