By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Dec. 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS – Gerardo Gamboa’s good deed has earned him celebrity status all over America. Gamboa is the 55-year old Filipino cab driver who returned $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger he brought to Palms Place from the Cosmopolitan.
Gamboa reported what he found to his employer, Yellow Checker, which tracked down the rightful owner.
The unidentified passenger, a gambler, gave the honest cabbie a $10,000 reward. “I told him I didn’t need a reward money. Whatever I did for him, I’m money. That kind of feeling, knowing that I did something good, is priceless and will stay with me forever,” Gamboa said.
Other cab drivers in Las Vegas said Gamboa’s act of kindness will have a positive impact on the Sin City. “People will feel safe riding taxi cabs here in Las Vegas,” Willie Sta. Ana, a former taxi driver said.
Gamboa said what matters is keeping your values, even when times get tough. “Don’t go after what’s not yours. We Filipinos have to show the world that we have a golden heart,” he pointed out.
Recently, Commissioner of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Rozita Lee, personally handed over a recognition letter for Gamboa, from Senate Majority Floor Leader Harry Reid.
“The fact that Senator Reid took the time to write such a letter to him — is an honor to him and to the community as well,” Lee remarked.
Gamboa said that with the $10,000 reward money he received, he was able to buy a used car and is now able to send his daughter to college.