Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Honest maid comes home from Hong Kong

Vito Barcelo
Manila Standard
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=police4_july8_2009

A Filipino maid who found HK$350,545 (P2.1 million) in a dump and returned it to the owner received a hero’s welcome at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport upon her arrival yesterday from Hong Kong.

Mildred Perez, 38, flew in on a Cebu Pacific flight 5J-111 at the Naia 3 where she was met by Manila International Airport Authority general manager Alfonso Cusi, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration chief Carmelita Dimzon and other government officials.

She went to work as a Hong Kong maid, leaving behind her two children in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya.

Perez’s prospects were shattered when her employer, a pastor, sexually assaulted her in 2007.

She was fired and barred by local laws from employment despite being a complainant in a case pending in court.

To support herself and her family back home, Perez had to scavenge recyclables in the neighborhood garbage dump, earning HK$38 or P228 a day.

But on April 29, Perez found a thick packet about the size of a mail envelope, in a trash bin on the corner of Pottinger Street and Des Voeux Road.

Inside were cash and checks amounting to HK$350,545.

“I was sleepless and at a loss whether to keep the money or return it,” she said in Filipino.

Perez breezed through the arrival area glad to be home even if what she got for doing a good turn was a can of butter cookies.

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