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Baguio Cabbie Gets P220K Reward For Honesty

Faith in taxi drivers (somewhat) restored
by Andrei Medina | Jan 24, 2017
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A taxi driver based in Baguio City has been awarded with a scholarship worth P220,000 by an Australian businessman after showing exemplary honesty.

According to a post by Ace Estrada, his friend and business partner Trent Shields rode the taxi driven by Reggie Cabututan over the weekend.

Unfortunately, Trent left his luggage, containing important items like his laptop, passport and cash, in the taxi.

Due to this, he went to authorities with Estrada to see if they could still retrieve his items. Little did he know that he was going to get his luggage back sooner than he expected.

“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!” Estrada said.

Shields was so amazed with Cabatutan’s honesty that he gave him an undisclosed amount of cash as a reward. Aside from this, Cabatutan was offered a free IT scholarship at a six-month Coding Boot Camp this June.

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“When he completes the course, he is guaranteed an internship with an Australian company, leading to a job that will pay him a starting salary of up to 1.7 Million Pesos per year,” Estrada said.


The best part is Cabatutan’s integrity was also recognized by Baguio City’s local government. He was invited to attend the flag ceremony there where he was commended.

Shields, for his part, ditched a Cebu escapade and went back to Baguio to participate in Cabatutan’s commendation.

He also recently debunked reports that his luggage contained $20,000 (roughly P1 million) in cash and said the focus should all be on Cabatutan’s honesty, which in itself is an inspiring story.


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