Viral act of kindness sparks doubts on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019   •   928

“Kindness is not lost,” ÅcdhiRr Ailnv Diaz wrote on his Facebook post.

His post went viral with 197,000 reactions and 50,000 shares after he shared a story of a man suffering from Leukemia.

In his post, Diaz said he saw a man getting wheeled in by guards inside the train. He noticed that the guy was in pain whenever the train moves.

Another passenger approached the guy.

“In a weak voice he was apologetic thinking he was causing an odd scene, or causing discomfort by his presence,” Diaz said.

Later they found out the guy has stage 3 Leukemia. He was on his way to seek help from a media company to pay for his medical examination.

Passengers from that part of the train began chipping in P100 pesos.

“Before we reached the next station he had enough money for the lab test he needed, plus food and fare. The guys at the back called for a guard for assistance so he could go back to MaDocs [Manila Doctors Hospital],” Diaz recalled.

However, some netizens are claiming the guy was a fake and was only doing it for the money.

According to some netizens, the guy’s Leukemia story was just a fabrication and is only a part of his ‘budol-budol’ scheme. One netizen recalled a similar story.

But according to Diaz, he doesn’t have the capability to further investigate on the matter. He was just sharing what he saw and experienced.

“What I believe I shared was my experience of #Bayanihan, of people coming together to help someone in need. That is all I can say about that,” Diaz said.—AAC

LOOK: The last supermoon of 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

People across the globe witnessed the last supermoon of 2020.

The supermoon, which is also called as the flower moon, occurred on Thursday (May 7). According to PAGASA, the moon is at its nearest distance to the Earth.

Several netizens posted their own shots of the supermoon.

Donation for fuel: Jeepney drivers in Baguio opt for donations instead of collecting fare

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2020

Alano Abuan is grateful for the chance to go out and operate his jeepney again.

Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government has temporarily banned public transportation to avoid the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

However, five barangays in Baguio City applied for a travel permit for jeepney drivers to operate, on the condition that instead of passengers paying for the fare, they can opt to donate.

Barangay councilman (Kagawad) Arturo Frias said they want to assist the jeepney drivers as well as constituents who would need to travel amid the ECQ. Frias said they are proud of their jeepney drivers for their service.

Sabi ng mayor, huwag kayong maningil. Kung magkano iyon ibigay na donation, iyong lang. Proud kami sa mga driver dito kasi hindi po sila pwersang naniningil sa mga pasahero (The mayor said don’t ask for payment. Whatever donation they give is fine. We are proud of our drivers because they do not forcefully collect payment from their passengers), he said.

Alano said there is no problem if passengers would only donate as long as he can still provide for his family.

Basta mayroon okay iyon. Nagkakasya naman (As long as we have something. It is enough),he said.

One of the passengers, Andrew Gangganga said the donations can both help the passengers as well as the drivers amid the ECQ.

Maganda po kasi kapag donation, kahit anong amount, okay lang. Nakakatulong din iyong driver, give and take lang (It is good because if it is a donation any amount is okay. It will help the driver, just give and take),” he said. –AAC

Baguio jeepney customized to adhere to physical distancing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2020

A jeepney in Baguio City went viral after it was customized to adhere to the physical distancing protocols of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Gideon Amino and his father Billmark Amino decided to place plastic dividers inside their jeepney to keep their passengers safe from possibly infecting each other.

Several of their passengers took to social media to show their appreciation for the efforts of Gideon and Billmark.

“I believe they did it not for fame, nor for monetary reason but for the sake of their clientele’s safety. Secondly, I posted this to make it as an example for others to follow,” according to Fe Carina Camaeg.

Billmark said it took them two hours to install the dividers and is encouraging others to do the same.

“Maraming salamat po sa pag-appreciate ng ginawa namin and gayahin niyo na lang po para safe lahat ng pasahero lalo na ang mga driver natin diyan. Maintain natin ang social distancing (Thank you for appreciating our efforts and you can copy this for the safety of all passengers especially the drivers. Let us maintain social distancing),” he said.

Billmark and Gideon also installed an alcohol dispenser so that passengers can disinfect before boarding.

However, due to the limited capacity, passengers had to pay double. According to Fe, she doesn’t mind paying an additional fare.

“I would like to say that even when fare rate goes higher than the usual, it is still okay because we need to understand that the drivers are also trying to make a living and that their usual income has been cut by 50% and then it is not on a daily basis now too,” her post reads. AAC (with reports from Grace Doctolero)

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