Accolades continue to pour for Fil-Am cabbie

Sen. Harry Reid letter to Fil-Am cab driver Gerry Gamboa.

Sen. Harry Reid letter to Fil-Am cab driver Gerry Gamboa.

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – Accolades continue to pour for Gerardo Gamboa, the Filipino-American cab driver who found – and returned – $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger in his taxi.

The latest praises came from Nevava Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nev. Sen. Harry Reid, the U.S. Majority leader, who both hailed the Filipino-American for his honesty and as example to the community.

Sandoval praised Gamboa in a personal letter to the taxi driver, saying his honesty should be emulated..

Reid, who is particularly close to the burgeoning Filipino-American in Nevada, said in returning the money, which he could easily keep for himself, Gamboa showed a “positive example in the community.”

“You action was a wonderful demonstration of citizenship and integrity, and the impact of your sstory in our community is admired and appreciated,” Sen. Reid said in a  Dec. 27 letter to Gamboa.

Gamboa became an Internet sensation when his story went public on Dec. 25, and was readily picked up by the international press, particularly in the Phlippines.

The 54-year old Gamboa, a 13-year cab driver in Las Vegas, chose to return the $300,000 cash left behind by a professional poker player, who had asked to remain anonymous, even though he provided Gamboa a $10,000 reward.

Gamboa, who is from Mabalacat, Pampanga and Silay City, said the money was tempting, :for a splt second,” but returning it was the right thing to do.

In addition to the $10,000 reward, Gamboa received $1,000 and a steak dinner for two from his cab company, Yellow Checker Star.

“I’m happy that we can show to the world the Filipino is a good person, and can not be easily dazzled by money,”Gamboa said.

An honest Filipino cab driver in Las Vegas is being honored by Nevada politicians for returning $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger he picked up at the Cosmopolitan.

Gerardo Gamboa, 55, immediately reported the recovered money to his employer, Yellow Checker Star Transportation Company, who then tracked down the rightful owner.

The taxi company  said on Monday that Gamboa will be honored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in a city proclamation.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will also be sending Gamboa their own letters of appreciation, Yellow Checker executive Bill Shranko told The Philippine Star.

The passenger, who refused to be identified, gave Gamboa a $10,000 reward for his honesty.

Gamboa also received a $1,000 reward and a complimentary dinner for two in an upscale restaurant from his taxi company.

“What Gerardo did was great for every taxi driver around the world,” Shranko told The Philippine Star.

“We are proud of him,” he added.

Gamboa told Balitang America that being honest is already a reward in itself.

“I told [the passenger] that I didn’t need a reward money. That kind of feeling, knowing that I did something good, is priceless and will stay with me forever,” Gamboa said to Balitang America.

“We Filipinos have to show the world that we have a golden heart,” he added.

Willie Sta. Ana, a former taxi driver from Las Vegas, said that Gamboa’s honesty creates a positive image for the Sin City.

“People will feel safe riding taxi cabs here in Las Vegas,” Sta. Ana told Balitang America.

– See more at: http://asianjournal.com/news/honest-pinoy-cab-driver-to-be-honored-by-nv-politicians/#sthash.wGQUyW37.dpuf

An honest Filipino cab driver in Las Vegas is being honored by Nevada politicians for returning $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger he picked up at the Cosmopolitan.

Gerardo Gamboa, 55, immediately reported the recovered money to his employer, Yellow Checker Star Transportation Company, who then tracked down the rightful owner.

The taxi company  said on Monday that Gamboa will be honored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in a city proclamation.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will also be sending Gamboa their own letters of appreciation, Yellow Checker executive Bill Shranko told The Philippine Star.

The passenger, who refused to be identified, gave Gamboa a $10,000 reward for his honesty.

Gamboa also received a $1,000 reward and a complimentary dinner for two in an upscale restaurant from his taxi company.

“What Gerardo did was great for every taxi driver around the world,” Shranko told The Philippine Star.

“We are proud of him,” he added.

Gamboa told Balitang America that being honest is already a reward in itself.

“I told [the passenger] that I didn’t need a reward money. That kind of feeling, knowing that I did something good, is priceless and will stay with me forever,” Gamboa said to Balitang America.

“We Filipinos have to show the world that we have a golden heart,” he added.

Willie Sta. Ana, a former taxi driver from Las Vegas, said that Gamboa’s honesty creates a positive image for the Sin City.

“People will feel safe riding taxi cabs here in Las Vegas,” Sta. Ana told Balitang America.

– See more at: http://asianjournal.com/news/honest-pinoy-cab-driver-to-be-honored-by-nv-politicians/#sthash.wGQUyW37.dpuf

An honest Filipino cab driver in Las Vegas is being honored by Nevada politicians for returning $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger he picked up at the Cosmopolitan.

Gerardo Gamboa, 55, immediately reported the recovered money to his employer, Yellow Checker Star Transportation Company, who then tracked down the rightful owner.

The taxi company  said on Monday that Gamboa will be honored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in a city proclamation.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will also be sending Gamboa their own letters of appreciation, Yellow Checker executive Bill Shranko told The Philippine Star.

The passenger, who refused to be identified, gave Gamboa a $10,000 reward for his honesty.

Gamboa also received a $1,000 reward and a complimentary dinner for two in an upscale restaurant from his taxi company.

– See more at: http://asianjournal.com/news/honest-pinoy-cab-driver-to-be-honored-by-nv-politicians/#sthash.wGQUyW37.dpuf

An honest Filipino cab driver in Las Vegas is being honored by Nevada politicians for returning $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger he picked up at the Cosmopolitan.

Gerardo Gamboa, 55, immediately reported the recovered money to his employer, Yellow Checker Star Transportation Company, who then tracked down the rightful owner.

The taxi company  said on Monday that Gamboa will be honored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in a city proclamation.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will also be sending Gamboa their own letters of appreciation, Yellow Checker executive Bill Shranko told The Philippine Star.

The passenger, who refused to be identified, gave Gamboa a $10,000 reward for his honesty.

Gamboa also received a $1,000 reward and a complimentary dinner for two in an upscale restaurant from his taxi company.

– See more at: http://asianjournal.com/news/honest-pinoy-cab-driver-to-be-honored-by-nv-politicians/#sthash.wGQUyW37.dpuf

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