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Needy father reaping windfall of aid after returning fellow commuter’s cellphone

A father is receiving an outpouring of donations after he went viral for returning a fellow commuter’s cell phone.

As reported by Dano Tingcungco on “24 Oras” Friday, employee Patricia Tawat did not notice that she left her phone inside a jeepney when she hurriedly got off after missing her stop.

However, Christian Baluyot, the person who sat next to her, saw the gadget and decided to return it to its owner.

On Facebook, the 22-year-old grocery merchandiser shared a photo of the lost iPhone.

“Kung sino ka man ate/kuya hihintayin ko tawag mo ibabalik ko tong cell phone mo dahil wala pong tinuro saken ang magulang ko magnakaw babalik ko po itong napulot kong cellphone please share sa jeep ko po napulot thanks,” he wrote.

Christian soon got a call from Patricia, and they agreed to meet up so she could get her phone back.

“Inisip ko na kailangan tumawag yung may-ari na ’yun, kailangan maibalik ko ’yung cell phone,” Christian said on “24 Oras.”

“Ang hindi nawawala sa sinasabi nya, ate wag kang mag-alala, ibabalik ko yung cell phone mo,” said Patricia.

“Super thankful talaga ako, thankful ako kay Lord, kay kuya kasi napakabuti nya talaga,” she added.

Christian said it didn’t occur to him to keep the phone for himself. “Ang sabi ng magulang ko kahit maghirap kami, or mabaon sa utang, hindi po sasagi sa isip namin na gumawa ng masama.”

He added, “mas gusto kong galing sa hirap yung ipapakain ko sa aking mga anak.”

Patricia later learned that Christian had two children, one of them with Down Syndrome.

To show her gratitude, she offered to buy him groceries, but Christian refused.

With his permission, she shared on Facebook their story, which soon went viral.

Through the post, many people reached out to Christian and offered him help.

Christian said someone commented that he could easily sell the phone for PHP10,000.

“Hindi ko po naisip na ganun,” he said. “Sira ang imahe ko, galing sa masama ang ipapakain ko sa anak ko.”

He is thankful that now, instead of spending stolen money, he has been receiving more blessings from the public. – RC, GMA News