Recognition was given to a Filipino couple in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for returning a bag full of cash amounting to P500,000, according to GMA News.
The Filipino couple, identified as Roberto and Farida De Guzman, was awarded by the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah a certificate of appreciation after returning a bag which has SAR40,000 in it, belonging to a Saudi national.
“Half a million pesos ‘yan, 40,0000 Saudi Riyals, ang napulot ng mag-asawa. Mahirap ang buhay, pero sa kabila noon ay nakita pa rin ang katapatan ng mag-asawa na talagang nakaka-inspire,” says Edgar Badajos, Consul General to Jeddah.
Roberto De Guzman said that while they were going out of the parking lot, they saw a clutch bag on the pavement. They decided to stop the car and check the bag. It is then that they saw the money.
“Pag dating namin sa bahay ay hinalungkat nya (Farida) lahat ng ano, kinuha ko ang lahat ng identity card nya,” Roberto said. “Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, naisip namin ‘yun dahil kailangan namin ng pera. Kung hindi namin nakita ang identity card ng mama, hindi namin isosoli kasi hindi namin alam kung saan namin dadalhin iyon,” he added.
Through the identity cards which was also found inside the bag, they were able to immediately contact the owner of the bag.
“Parang hindi namin maintindihan, parang lumulutang ka sa ere, hindi ko maisip na ganito pala pag nakatulong ka sa, ‘pag na isoli mo ‘yung nakuha mo. Yung nerbisyos ko nawala na ng naibigay ko na,” says the couple.
Meanwhile, the owner of the bag said that he forgot to place the bag inside his car as it was placed on top of it. Later, when he drove, it fell down. He was very happy upon the return of his bag and the huge amount of cash.
“Philippines is a great country and the people, they are great people,” the Saudi national said.
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