It’s not new to hear a story or two about taxi drivers in Metro Manila and even from different parts of the country making rounds on the internet – some worth condemning, others worth praising. One of these tales belongs to an honest taxi driver from Baguio City, giving netizens their daily dose of good vibes.
The president of BPO training company Vivixx Academy and a friend to an Australian national, Ace Estrada II, shared the detailed incident in a Facebook post, narrating:
“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 were 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.”
The Australian businessman who goes by the name Trent Shields rode the taxi cab going to Calle Uno in Quezon Hill, Baguio City. As he was in a hurry, he didn’t notice that he left his luggage containing important documents, gadgets, and cash – all of which amounts to approximately P1 million.
Fortunately, the honest cab driver returned to bring the lost luggage hours later. The driver identified as Reggie Cabututan did not hesitate to return the bag containing the important documents, gadgets, and cash of the Australian businessman. According to reports, he Cabututan a native of Rosario, La Union, married and has four kids, and travels to Baguio every single day to work.
Estrada’s post has gone viral in just a matter of two days. In following updates, he divulged that Cabututan has begun to reap the rewards of his honesty.
The Baguio City Hall invited the cab driver to a flag ceremony to honor his admirable deed, awarding him a certificate of commendation. The Australian businessman even decided to forego his flight to return to the city and attend the ceremony as well.
The Vivixx Academy and Australia-based coding training center Coder Factory also awarded him a scholarship worth P220,000 to attend the six-month Coding Boot Camp. Upon completion of the course, they would guarantee Cabututan an internship with an Australian company that could lead to a job that pays a starting salary of up to P1.7 million.
Indeed, the belief that one good deed returns a thousand fold seems to ring true for Cabututan.