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Honest Clark airport worker returns $1,000

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – An Aeta utility worker at the Clark International Airport here returned to authorities an envelope containing $1,000 (about P52,000) left behind by a departing passenger last Sunday.

Clark airport authorities identified the honest Aeta worker as Grace Laxamana, 42, a janitress at the airport since 2006.

Laxamana said that she noticed an envelope left unattended on one of the gang chairs on the second floor of the international departure area while on duty at about 2:50 a.m. The envelope contained ten $100 bills totaling $1,000.

“I thought it was just play money and immediately took the envelope and turned it over to airport operations officer Raymund Salazar who examined the contents. It turned out that the money was genuine,” Laxamana said.

A closer review of the closed-circuit television footage of departing travelers in the afternoon of July 14 showed one of the passengers dropping a white envelope while about to board Cebu Pacific Flight 5371 bound for Singapore.

“We’re proud of what Laxamana did. Her honesty is even more glaring since what she found was an untraceable envelope. Her good deed is truly worthy of emulation by all airport employees,” Jaime Melo, Clark International Airport Corp. president, said. (Freddie Velez)