Honest Cab Driver from Baguio Gets Scholarship, Possible Php1.7M/Year Job after Returning Bag with Almost Php1 Million Worth of Valuables

Photo: Ace Estrada II

Baguio cab driver Reggie Cabututan got an unexpected reward after returning the luggage left behind by an Australian businessman. The luggage contained important documents, gadgets and cash that is worth close to Php1 million.

Photo: Ace Estrada II

Last January 17, Reggie dropped Trent Shields in Quezon Hill, Baguio City. Trent was in a hurry and left his luggage in the taxi. Lucky for him, the driver was honest enough to return the valuables to him.

The story was shared in Facebook by Ace Estrada II, a friend of Trent and the President of a BPO training company, Vivixx Academy. Ace posted the following in Facebook:

“How often have we read about taxi drivers in Baguio doing an honest deed and returning valuables to their rightful owners? Today, my Australian friend Trent, completely forgot about his luggage when he alighted at Calle Uno Coworking Space. It took a full thirty minutes before he realized his mistake, and all he could remember about the taxi was that ‘it was white.’ Passport, Macbook Pro, money, everything was in there! Never did I pray so hard that the news accounts of Baguio City’s taxi driver’s collective honesty was true. But it was! 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! Mr. Reggie Cabututan, driver of Dustin Brant Taxi, you are the finest of your tribe. I have never felt more proud to be Filipino than today.”

The reward

The Vivixx Academy awarded a scholarship worth P220,000 for a six-month Coding Boot Camp starting in June 2017. Completion of the course guarantees internship with an Australian company that could lead to a job with Php1.7 million/year starting salary.