DESPITE difficulties in life that affected so many people in this pandemic, Police Staff Sergeant Bernard Dalisay chose to be honest and lived up to the meaning of his name.
An Aeta couple, Bernadet and Mateo Balintay from Capas, Tarlac, managed to save up to P80,000 from selling banana blossoms for 12 years. They almost lost their hard-earned money but fortunately, honest cop Dalisay displayed pureness and goodness of heart, found it and returned the money to them.
The Balitays were at the public market waiting for it to open but Bernadet fell asleep behind a police station and somehow lost the bag that contained their money.
After a frantic search, the couple learned that it was Dalisay who found their bag, which the honest cop immediately returned.
At first Dalisay thought the bag contained garbage but, upon checking, discovered that it contained cash. The policeman tried his luck and went to the market to look for the bag’s owner, but no one claimed it.
After bringing it to the police station Dalisay and his colleagues found Mateo’s identification card with a written address inside the bag, prompting them to go to the couple’s residence. The couple, however, was not around.
Not giving up, Dalisay proceeded to the mayor’s office and had the Balintays summoned there. It was at the mayor’s office where the Balintays met Dalisay, who returned the bag and the money to the grateful Aeta couple.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, lauded the police officer’s good deed.
He said Dalisay chose to be honest despite the crisis which adversely affected the livelihood of many individuals.
“Alam naman natin na hindi madali ang panahon ngayon dahil sa epekto ng pandemya. Nakatataba ng puso dahil ang pulis na ito, piniling maging tapat sa kanyang tungkulin at hindi nagpasilaw sa halaga ng pera na kanyang napulot,” PGen Eleazar said.
“I encourage other police officers to follow the example of PSSgt. Dalisay who managed to spell out the true meaning of honesty and integrity amid the challenging times we are facing,” he added.