Friday, September 14, 2018

Tapat kasi ang Presidente! Millions returned by MMDA officials to road accident victim



Photo from Manila Bulletin
In this day and age where many are tempted to resort in illegal means for the sake of having money, it is no surprise to see tons of report involving crimes like theft and robbery flooding the headlines.


This also rings true to those who work for the government, through corruption. From higher government officials down to Barangay level, from lawmakers to law enforcers, corruption is no stranger, but a word that is very familiar. That is how rampant corruption is.

However, a recent event seemed to prove that not all of them who are employed by the government are corrupt individuals.

In a recent report that circulated just recently, 3 MMDA officials showed that there are still people like them in the government who are honest and are very much deserving of the people's trust.

It was when a road accident between a sport utility vehicle and a truck has taken place at around 3:59 a.m. in Taguig City, specifically along C5 Road-southbound.

According to the news, the officials from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority have found a bag at the car of the victim as they responded to a road accident in Taguig City, Tuesday.

The three officials whose hearts are gold were identified as Mariel Bacho, Kristopher Concepcion, and Sheena Santillan. All were assigned at the MMDA Road Emergency Group.

The said bag contained bundles of dollars or a whopping amount of 79,500 US dollars - around 4.3 million when converted into Philippine peso.
MMDA Logo, photo from PTVNews
Bacho, one of the officers, said they found the victim, Thomas Dichavez, inside a Mitsubishi Montero in an inclined position. The rescue team then immediately pulled the injured Dichavez out of the vehicle.

The officer also mentioned that the victim, though conscious, could not speak clearly at that time.

A bystander was the first to respond at the accident scene where the latter found a sling bag as he was searching for the victim’s identification card.

Said bystander handed the officers a sling bag which was found inside the victim’s vehicle. The trio immediately secured the foreigner's belongings upon finding the bag.

The rescuers proceeded to the hospital where victim Thomas Dichavez was rushed, St Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.

Bacho said that it was only when they were at the hospital that they learned the contents of the bag.

The bag was turned over to the security personnel of the hospital to make sure it will be returned back to its rightful owner.

The same added that it was not the first time they did such.

In addition, she shared that returning recovered items from accident scenes is part of the MMDA road emergency personnel’s training.

“When we saw the bundles of US dollars inside the bag, it never crossed our mind to take it. We are also thankful to the male bystander who found the bag inside the vehicle,” Bacho said.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded the three for their 'exemplary and admirable character of truthfulness', report said.

“We commend our employees for displaying an act of honesty. It is indeed worthy of emulation,” said Lim.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, photo fromAsian Policy
Souce: Manila Bulletin