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Soldier displays honesty and concern during VP’s visit

Iloilo– In an another display of honesty and concern, a soldier from the Army’s 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade chose to turn-in a wallet found around 9:00 a.m. on June 13 at the Iloilo Airport.

Sergeant Wenceslao Pabito Jr was tasked to secure the arrival of Philippines’ Vice President Jejomar Binay at the airport when he found a wallet near the garbage area containing a cheque.

Pabito immediately turned-in said wallet to Mr Arnel Lumbo, GMA Super Radyo field reporter who was covering the event. 

When asked for comments, Pabito remarked that he immediately thought of what might be an immediate need the owner had to utilize the cheque. He said that if it did had money on it, he would have not afforded to keep and use it for his family’s needs thinking that the said money could be much needed by the owner.  

The wallet with a cheque inside amounting to 4,500 pesos is owned by Anthony Cortel from Pandac, Pavia, Iloilo and an employee of Hotel Del Rio in Iloilo City. According to Mr Lumbo, Mr Cortel was so happy that his wallet picked-up by kind  hearted person otherwise it will no longer be returned to him.

According to Major Enrico Gil Ileto, Public Affairs Officer of the 3rd Infantry (Speadhead) Division, this is the latest inspiring story of honesty displayed by Army soldiers since the start of this year.

Privates Danny Faigane and Marlon Vera from the 3ID’s 32nd Division Reconnaissance Company handed to its owner, Virginia  Callora, P90,000 in cash found in the retrieval site in Brgy Solonggon, La Libertad, Negros Oriental following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that severely hit said area last  February 6, 2012.

Last March 3, 2012, Corporal Fernando Samperoy of 3ID’s 47th Infantry Battalion also found a bag left at the parking area of the Kabankalan Cathedral at Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The bag containing an amount of P50,000 cash is owned by Rev. Father Leopoldo Cahilig, parish priest of Isabela of the same province.

“These stories which tells our soldier’s honesty continues to inspire the entire Army and it portrays how we value honesty in the organization,” said Major General Jose Mabanta Jr, Commander of the Army’s 3ID.

 “It is part and parcel of the Army’s transformation effort to develop the character of our soldier to be able to internalize the core values of Honor, Patriotism and Duty,” added Mabanta.

For Colonel Arnold Quiapo, Commander of the 301st Bde and the immediate commander of Pabito, this act of honesty is worth emulating.

“We continue to inculcate in our soldiers the importance of honesty. I would like to personally congratulate Sgt Pabito for giving honor and pride to the Army,” added Col Quiapo.   


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