This policeman earned praises online for his simple but kind gesture of buying all the bananas a hardworking elderly street vendor was selling.
Police Lieutenant Jojo Paguia in a Facebook post wrote about his encounter with the old man who has been making rounds in barangays just to earn a living.
For the sake of easing the vendor’s load, Paguia said he offered to buy the bananas he was selling.
“Natiyempuhan ko uli si tatang, hindi ko kayang tiisin na hindi pakyawin lahat ng kanyang paninda kahit hindi ko naman talaga dapat bilhin,” he said.
Paguia handed a 500 peso bill to the old vendor and gave him rice and noodles.
“Sabi ko sa kanya ‘bigyan ko na lang kayo ng 500 akin na lang lahat ng dala nyo’ kahit iilang piling lang naman na bubot na saging sabay abot ng 500 pesos at bigas na may noodles,’ shared Paguia.
“Ang pakyawin lahat ng dala niya ang magpapatigil sa kanya sa pagbubuhat.”
Paguia also shared that there were times when the old man would pass out while working.
“Ang iba kasi inaabutan lang siya ng pera. Ganun din, magpapagod uli si tatang. Ayon sa ilang nagkukuwento may mga pagkakataon na nahihimatay si tatay sa paglalako. Siya ay tubong Calamba lang na iniikot ang mga barangay sa paglalako,” he said.
In a Facebook post, Calauan Municipal Police Station commended Paguia’s generosity and compassion.
Paguia’s photos were shared on the Facebook page Pilipinas Trending Viral and has since gone viral with over 160,000 reactions and 90,000 shares.
It turns out that Paguia has been extending help in his own little way to people he encounters on the streets by giving them relief goods.