Honest cop returns P3-M jewelry, P200k cash

A policeman assigned in Asingan Police Station was commended for returning a bag containing pieces of jewelry estimated to be worth P3-million and P200,000 cash left in a restaurant in Rosales town.

Cabrera happily beams in his selfie.

Cabrera walked tall among his peers at last Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the Police Provincial Office where his deed of honesty was recognized with a certificate of commendation.

P/Corporal Marold Cabrera, 30, from Basista town, was honored in Monday’s virtual flag raising at the provincial police command in Lingayen for his honesty.

Cabrera was dining for a late lunch in a kambingan restaurant on Sept. 18, when he saw a lady’s bag left by a diner.

He waited for the owner to return as she and her colleagues remained outside the resto. But when their Nissan Tierra sped off, he took the bag and followed the group in his car.

He finally caught with them in Tarlac province and signaled the Tierra driver to pull over. It was the driver who approached him and received the lady’s bag. The driver rushed back to the van to bring the bag to the owner, and returned to Cabrera to thank him and asked for his name. The owner never alighted from the car.

To his surprise, he received a call later from Camp Crame informing him of the report of the bag owner about him.

“To be honest, I also thought about my debts, the things I wanted to buy like a motorcycle but I said money can be easily gone but the Lord will not be happy if I did otherwise,” Cabrera said.

He said what prevailed at that time was sheer honesty and wanted to put into practice the biblical quotes he regularly posts in his Facebook page.

He joked about his wife Roxanne when told of the honor given him: “Oh my goodness, she was able to speak in English – “I’m so proud of you!”

They have three kids, aged 10, three, four months old respectively and he wants to be a good example to them.

He said he augments his income by selling food items prepared by his wife and his sister-in-law.

“It makes you feel good if your conscience is clear,” Cabrera said. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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