Honesty, surely, is the best policy. This is just proven by an honest cab driver in Baguio named Reggie Cabatuan who did not just went viral in social media, but was as well featured in mainstream news after his honest gesture of returning the bag left by an Australian businessman in the cab he was driving. According to ABS-CBN News, the bag contained important documents, gadgets, and cash which, in all, values approximately 1 million pesos.
As narrated by a Facebook post of the President of the BDO training company Vivixx Academy, and a friend of the Australian businessman, the occurrence happened on the 17th of January when the said Australian national rode the cab driven by the honest cab driver. Upon reaching Trent Shields at Calle Uno, in Quezon Hill, Baguio City, the said businessman went in hurriedly forgetting his luggage. The post contains,
“How often have we read about taxi drivers in Baguio doing an honest deed and returning valuables to their rightful owners? Today, my Australian friend Trent, completely forgot about his luggage when he alighted at Calle Uno Coworking Space. It took a full thirty minutes before he realized his mistake, and all he could remember about the taxi was that ‘it was white.’ Passport, Macbook Pro, money, everything was in there! Never did I pray so hard that the news accounts of Baguio City’s taxi driver’s collective honesty was true. But it was! Just as we were leaving for the police station to file a report, Trent’s taxi pulled in. Never was a sight more welcome than the smiling face of this driver. What an awesome win for humanity! Mr. Reggie Cabututan, driver of Dustin Brant Taxi, you are the finest of your tribe. I have never felt more proud to be Filipino than today.”
As a grant to such gesture, the honest cab driver was granted a scholarship worth 220,000.00 php by Vivixx Company and Code Factory, an Australia-based coding training center. Cabatuan will be attending a six-month Coding Boot Camp in June 2017. Once the honest cab driver completes the training, he is guaranteed an internship with an Australian company. Such would lead him to a job that would pay 1.7 million pesos, at least.