Manny Rosales, Chapter Head of BCBP Batangas, was cited for his exemplary honesty and integrity in Boo Chanco’s column “Demand and Supply” in the Philippine STAR, p B-3, on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 through a letter from one of his readers, Wilson Lim. Lim wrote to relate a personal experience that is heartwarming and inspiring. We quote from Lim’s letter as printed in Chanco’s column:
“A couple of weeks ago, I lost my cell phone at a parking lot in Makati. After exhausting all efforts to back track, it quickly dawned on me that I would never find my unit again. Boy, was I in for a big surprise.
“Earlier this week, my mother called to inform me that a guy called her up inquiring if any of her children had recently lost their cell phone. She said yes, got the number of the guy who called, and forwarded it to me. The guy’s name is Manny Rosales. Apparently, I dropped my phone somewhere in Ayala Triangle a few weeks back. And by the time Manny discovered my phone, it already ran out of battery. He explained that it took him quite some time to touch base with me since he had to look for a charger that’s compatible with my phone.
“We eventually met up and I got my phone back. I thanked him and offered to reimburse him the amount used to purchase the charger he used for my phone. His reply was: “di na bale, ang importante naibalik ang telepono mo.” Now, imagine seeing a guy going through all that trouble.
“I’m so relieved that I got my phone back. It contained a lot of vital contacts from work and also stores a lot of picture-memories from travels, anniversaries, birthdays and the like. I’m still in a state of disbelief. I never would’ve imagined I’d be a first-hand witness of honesty-at-work, just as I was losing hope for us Filipinos.
“One thing’s for sure, Boo … it might be rare, but Filipino integrity is alive!! And Manny Rosales sure makes me proud of being a Filipino. Mabuhay po kayo sir Manny Rosales!!!
“I’m hoping my mail could provide a little respite from the daily grind of politics and offer a momentary escape from reality’s grip.”