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Brig. Gen. Gilbert Cruz (left), police director for Caraga, receives P20,000 from Patrolman Ferdinand Rambo Aparecio after the policeman found the money in Buenavista town, Agusan del Norte, Thursday afternoon. (photo by Erwin Mascariñas)

Honest officer stumbles on 2 bundles of cash, hands them over to superior

By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
Correspondent .

BUTUAN City – The police director of Caraga yesterday lauded a young patrolman for his honesty — the rookie cop found bundles of cash along a highway in Agusan del Norte and turned it over to his superior rather than keep the moolah.

Brig. Gen. Gilberto Cruz, police director for Caraga, was all praises for Patrolman Ferdinand Rambo Aparecio of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Police Office after the young officer handed over unclaimed P20,000 to him.

Aparecio said he was going home when he found two bundles of cash along the highway in Barangay 6, Buenavista town in Agusan del Norte on Wednesday.

He said no one came to claim it and so, he decided to take the money with him and turn it over to his superior.

“We commend the honesty of our police officer, Patrolman Aparecio. He could have pocketed the cash but instead he decided to turn it over to us so that we would be able to return it to its owner,” said Cruz.

Cruz said Aparecio would receive an award for his deed which is worth emulating. 

Lt. Col. Christian Rafols II, Caraga police spokesperson, said the police would return the money but whoever makes a claim would need to answer questions to prove that he or she is the real owner.

Aparecio is a relatively new police officer. He is a member of the “Maragtas class” of the Public Safety Field Training Program, and has been serving as a police officer for three years.

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