Honest soldier returns bag with money, jewelry



 Staff Sergeant Algem Obelidon (left) of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion (IB) hands over the bag they found along the roadside on Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2018) in Pagalungan, Maguindanao, to its rightful owners / photo courtesy of PNA


Manila, Philippines – A soldiers in Maguindanao have nothing but praise for their colleague who returned a bag containing a big amount of cash and jewelry items in it left by the roadside Tuesday by a traveling couple in Pagalungan.

Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) spokesperson, identified the honest soldier as S/Sgt. Algem Obelidon, a member of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion (IB) stationed in the said town.



According to the 6th Infantry Division’s spokesperson, Obelidon and colleagues were conducting foot patrol in Barangay Galakit highway of the municipality when they noticed the bag along the roadside.

Thinking that there might be explosives inside, Obelidon, who had basic training on dealing with volatile devices, slowly approached the bag and inspected it carefully.

“To their surprise, however, the bag instead had money of various denominations and jewelry items amounting to some PHP100,000 in it,” Encinas said.

Luckily, identification documents were also inside the bag indicating its owners as couple Misuari and Bai Liya Mamalak, of Barangay Dalumangcob, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

The soldiers immediately brought the bag to the 7th IB headquarters where they contacted the owners through their mobile phone number.

On the same day, the owners arrived to claim the bag which also contains bank cards, the couple’s passports, PHP2, 000 pesos in cash, 1,000 Lebanese pounds; 6,000 Korean won, and PHP100,000 worth of jewelry.

“The couple was happy because nothing was lost in the bag,” Encinas said.

The couple shared that they were in Pagalungan to visit some relatives and was on their way home when they forgot to load the bag, which was among the baggage they have.

Encinas added thay Obelidon did not accept anything from the couple.

Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Army’s 6th ID commander, lauded Obelidon for his honesty and vowed to honor him in an upcoming 6ID event.

“He is one soldier worth emulating,” he said.


Source: PNA

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