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Honest soldier returns P50,000

Another soldier became a face of honesty in the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when he returned the P50,000 in cash he had found Sunday at the vicinity of a church in/ Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Cpl. Fernando Samperoy, a member of the 47th Infantry Battalion, who attended a Sunday mass, found a bag left at the parking lot of the Kabankalan Catholic Church, while on his way to his headquarters in Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

Capt. Reylan Java, spokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said the bag, that was picked up by Samperoy, out of curiosity, contained P50,000 in cash.

Finding no identification card in the bag, Java said Samperoy decided to give the bag and the money to Fr. Recon Dagunan. Parochial vicar of the Kabankalan Catholic Church.

It was later found out that the bag and the cash were owned by Fr. Leopoldo Cahilig, parish priest of Isabela town in Negros Occidental.

Last month, two soldiers from the 32nd Division Reconnaissance Company of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division also returned the P90,000 in cash they had found at the landslide area in Brgy Solonggon, La Libertad, Negros Oriental.

Privates Danny Faigne and Marlon Vera were part of the retrieval teams who were deployed in La Libertad, after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Negros Oriental on February 6.

Veronica Callora, the owner of the money, thanked Faigne and de Vera for returning the money.* GPB

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