Monday, April 16, 2012

How Honest Are You?

Lamp of Truth
Lamp of Truth
"Honesty is the best policy" Do you agree with this policy?

I remember when one of our Church leaders talked about honesty. He relayed it through a story. One day, he told, a certain wise man went out from his home in the middle of the night, carrying his oil lamp, roaming around the community. Every time he was met by the people, he was asked what he was doing in the very wee hours of the night. He simply replied, "I am looking for an honest man?"

Are you one of those honest persons? How do you know that you're honest of yourself? Honesty is very subjective. You may be honest one time, sometime, but not all the time. Don't you?

Let's take a second look of some people who have been considered as honest for what they've done for their fellow beings, for their company that they're working:

1. Sotero Canonoy, a taxi driver who turned over a bag which contained a laptop, PSP, cell phone, wristwatch, and some clothes and medicines left by the tourists whom he transported to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on March 23.

2. Two Cotabate├▒os – Enfamil Sampayan and tricycle driver Akas Onotan – were cited for honesty after turning over Thursday an envelope containing checks worth P100,000 they found while serving in the streets here. aug. 19, 2011

3. Primitivo Salo, 48-year-old Salo, also known as “Mang Istib”, a txi driver, in  2008, returned a wallet found in his cab containing dollars worth more than 80,000 pesos through GMA-7 and asked for television anchor Mike Enriquez to help me reach the owner of the money.

4. Ricky Lamanilao, a taxi driver returned around P200,000 to a British tourist who forgot his bag inside the cab which also contained the passport, credit cards, and other documents of Paul Ross.

"I will go back to the Philippines because of Ricky," he said.

5. Airline janitor Romeo Pelaez was on duty cleaning an aircraft of Japan Airlines (JAL) found a bag which  contained 3 million yen, or P1.5 million, a cellular phone and documents. The bag was owned by a Japanese national and his Filipino wife who were passengers of JAL flight JL 745 from Narita, which arrived at about 10:40 p.m. on March 29.

Pelaez, “Mang Romy” at the airport, immediately turned over the bag with its valuables to the JAL Passenger Service Section.

6. 44-year-old Nita Ramos, a janitress of PRC Management System, turned over pieces of jewelry she had found at the Manila Domestic Airport. The 23 pieces of jewelry, gold and silver rings cost an estimated P150,000 to P200,000. They're found in the pre-departure ladies room of the domestic airport at around 12:30 p.m.

7. An Ilonggo Nestor Sulpico who worked as taxi driver in New York returned $70,000 worth of black pearls left in his cab by a passenger.

8. Tinay Bugayong, 12 years old returned the envelop which contained P300 thousand in cash and checks dropped by messenger riding a motorcycle on T. Gener St. in Kamuning. Her instinct was to return it to the rightful owner.

9. Three members of Taguig city’s Traffic Enforcement Unit Senior Insp. Fernando Lipata, SPO1 Clemente Orpilla and PO2 Sadat Abad returned the briefcase which contained P120,000 in cash and several blank checks, travel documents, and a US passport to Fr. Dean William. The briefcase was found in the sidewalk forcibly opened by several street children.

10. Manuel Audis Jr., a porter at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) found a bag that contained $5,600 (P200,000 more or less) in cash and returned it to Vlama Kasan Bailon, a Filipino worker who had just returned from Jordan. Supposedly he should have not retained it for he needs the money for the hospital bills of his father who recently suffered a stroke. But he didn't. His conscience will bother him. It is a test of his character.

PH History said Chinese merchants trusted the Filipinos that even if they did not know them they gave them their silk, jars, etcetera, on consignment to be paid usually after a year.

Chinese documents attest that the Filipinos unknown to them returned to the port at the exact time agreed upon with the exact payment paid to the Chinese traders.

Filipinos – rich or poor – have been, indeed, honest through generations.

For me honesty is not only shown by deeds, but it should  be exemplified in thoughts and in words.

Honesty is the best policy. Does it work?


  1. We once saw a P500 bill as we were getting out of a taxicab. We grabbed it, thinking that we dropped it accidentally. When later on we checked our wallets and found no missing money, we just decided to donate the P500 to Red Cross. If I find anything else, this is what I am inclined to do: If I saw the owner accidentally drop or leave the item or if there is a name or any contact info on that item, I will try my best to track down the owner and return his stuff or at least leave it at the place's lost and found section; if there is no identification whatsoever, I will either keep it or consider giving it to charity.

  2. sobrang hirap na now ng panahon makahanap ng honest na tao.. Were not honest in some of our dealings..yes?..yeah, honesty is subjective..
    but things like you've mention above..gagawin ko rin yan...

  3. This is one of my favorite honesty quote: BE HONEST EVEN IF OTHERS ARE NOT!

  4. wow! i salute to these personalities!

  5. As much as I want too :-) being honest gives you a reward in return, it could not always a form of cash but sometimes good things happen to you. I do believe in that saying :-) Great article Sir :-)

  6. Meron pa rin namang mga honest na tao, yun nga lang..

    Yung mga taong nabanggit, isa silang karangalan at inspirasyon. Mga dapat tularan.

  7. This article just added up to the list of some "good news" about us Filipinos. I mean, we should generate more of this stuff 'cause aside from the usual news about robbery, hold-up that we heard over televisions and general I know there are still other Sotero Canonoy, Ricky Lamanilao, etc. whom been doing such.. without being recognized. This sounds refreshing!!

  8. yes I do believe in honesty and I have high respect to people who are really honest. Mostly those who are proud about it are those not true to themselves. Inspite of how ugly our world is now, I still believe that there is good in everyone.

  9. Once TRUST is broken...
    it's broken... It's like a broken glass.
    Even you fix it, there are marks already.
    HONESTY of a person is very important
    to build a long lasting relationship.


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