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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

Perez' family pins hope for assistance

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya (5 June) -- Life continue to move normally for the family of Mildred Perez in barangay Aliaga here after her noble feat in Hongkong that drew public attention.

Eddie Bunde, 37, Mildred's husband and their children Norabel, 16 and Jefferson, 17 were all at the house of their in-laws Thursday(June 4) listening to the church-ran radio station DWRV while Representative Carlos Padilla was being interviewed on the plight of Mildred and her family.

"We hope that the help of our local officials will be realized. Nonetheless, we are continuing our usual way of life," Eddie said.

Eddie ply the streets in this town to earn money, using a tricycle bought by Andres Perez, Mildred's father.

He said Mildred's father bought the tricycle so that they can have a mode of transportation in going to the town's poblacion during important occasions.

Eddie also expressed his gratitude for the pledges of local officials who responded with financial support upon learning their flight.

"We have proven that we really reap what we have planted," said Mildred's mother Erma(not Melda as earlier reported).

The provincial government on Wednesday (June 3) approved a resolution commending and praising Mildred's deed in Hongkong by returning the P2.1 million cash and checks she found to its owner while preying on garbage bins to collect recyclables to be sold for a living.

The provincial government also granted P50,000 as initial assistance for the family of Mildred in barangay Aliaga.

Representative Carlos Padilla also filed a resolution commending Perez including raising of P100,000.00 as an award for her unusual deed.

In its resolution, the board praised and commended Perez "for her display of exemplary honesty" in returning the money and checks.

Mildred belong to the Isinai tribe in this town, a tribe known for their virtue of honesty. (PIA) [top]

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