Celso lauds honest triker PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:15

Honesty is still alive in the city.

Leo Mateo Estrella, a 32-year-old tricycle driver, showed character as he turned over more than P811,000 in checks to Mayor Celso Lobregat Tuesday night.

Estrella found seven checks inside a blue seminar bag left by a passenger he picked up at Nuñez Extension and dropped at Puericulture Center.

Married with two children, Estrella said he did not think twice about returning the money.     He then decided it appropriate to turn over said checks to the mayor for them to be properly given back to its rightful owner.

The passenger turned out to be Ma. Theresa Miranda, principal of Vitali National High School.  Happy to get the checks back, Miranda explained the money is for the salaries of the school’s teachers.

Mayor Lobregat also expressed elation and pride as he witnessed the turnover.  “I am very happy we still have constituents like Leo Estrella who are very honest,” Lobregat said.

He likewise disclosed that this is not the first time Estrella showed honesty as, only last year, he also found money left by one of his passengers and looked for ways to return it.

“All of us should be proud and commend Leo Estrella, a simple and honest man,”

He called on all the constituents, not only the drivers, to follow the examples of the honest driver and reminded passengers to be very careful so as not to lose their things.

District 2 Councilor Percival Ramos is sponsoring a resolution to Estrella as one of the city’s new heroes. -- Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO