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Baguio City's Honest Taxi Drivers and Police Join Forces to Return Lost Phone

Discover how Baguio's honest taxi driver, Renato Campos Hafalla, teamed up with police to return a lost phone, showcasing the city's integrity.

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Explore the heartwarming tale of Baguio's honest taxi driver and police partnership in returning a lost phone, epitomizing community spirit.

In a heartening display of community spirit and integrity, Baguio City recently witnessed a remarkable incident involving a lost iPhone 5S and the collaborative efforts of local police and an honest taxi driver.

The Incident

It was a typical afternoon on September 4, 2017, when two visitors, Ms. Jo Xyrah Basilio and Mr. Carlo Matig-a, embarked on a tour of Camp John Hay, Baguio City. Little did they know that their excursion would lead to an unexpected turn of events. Upon alighting from a wagon-type taxi, Ms. Basilio inadvertently left behind her iPhone 5S.

Prompt Action by the Visitors

Upon realizing the loss of her phone, Ms. Basilio wasted no time in reporting the incident to Police Station 4. Swift to respond, the station's personnel, under the capable leadership of Station Commander PCI Dexter I. Ominga, sprang into action to assist the distressed visitors.

Community Collaboration

Recognizing the importance of community involvement, the police officers devised a plan to enlist the help of local taxi drivers. They advised drivers via radio communication to be vigilant and on the lookout for the missing cellphone. The message was clear: if found, the device should be returned to its rightful owner or handed over to the nearest police station.

The Integrity of Mr. Renato Campos Hafalla

In the midst of this coordinated effort, one taxi driver stood out for his exemplary integrity - Mr. Renato Campos Hafalla. A resident of Hillside Barangay, Mr. Hafalla not only found the lost iPhone but also took it upon himself to ensure its safe return. When contacted, he promptly identified himself as the driver in possession of the device.

A Heartening Conclusion

In a heartwarming conclusion to the tale, Mr. Hafalla personally delivered the lost cellphone to Ms. Basilio, embodying the values of honesty and goodwill. His act of kindness not only restored Ms. Basilio's faith in humanity but also reaffirmed Baguio City's reputation as a tourist-friendly destination.


The heartwarming saga of Baguio City's honest taxi driver and the collaborative efforts of local police serves as a testament to the power of community spirit and integrity. In a world often characterized by distrust and skepticism, stories like these remind us of the innate goodness that exists within individuals and communities. As Baguio City continues to strive towards being a welcoming haven for tourists, it is incidents such as these that truly set it apart as a city where honesty, kindness, and compassion reign supreme.

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