“Do not take the things that are not yours” – A Filipino airport cleaner took this saying at heart when he returned a bag full of cash last August 10, 2019.

Sixto O. Brillantes, Jr., an airport cleaner at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), is assigned to clean the male comfort room just near the immigration area. He was mopping the area when a passenger called him and informed about a black sling bag which was left by another passenger.

Without hesitation, he called the attention of his partner at the female comfort room and they looked for the owner of the bag through the use of the airport’s paging system.

Soon, the black sling bag was turned over to the Lost and Found Section of the Intelligence and Investigation Division of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

When the content was checked, seven thousand three hundred euros (EUR7, 300) make inside two white envelopes. If you convert it to Philippine Peso, it’s totaled at PhP430,000. A wallet and iPad were also found inside the sling bag.

After about an hour and a half, a Turkish national came forward to claim the bag. Upon thorough verification, it was determined that he is the owner of the sling bag.

“Mr. Brillante could have easily kept the bag and favorably benefitted from what’s inside it, but he chose to surrender it. I admire him for his integrity. Hearing stories like this make us Filipinos proud,” says MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal.

Monreal encourages all airport staff to be honest at all time, in any situation there is.

“Doing good should never be an option. It must be a way of life for all of us.”

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