Four Filipinos Among Honored for Heroism in Singapore

Four Filipinos — three engineers and a sales manager — were recently honored by the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) for their efforts to save a man involved in an accident.

Dennis Davide, Roy Allan Calibuso, Crispin Orino III, engineers employed at Continental Automotive Singapore and Diana Bregente, a sales manager at a company called Spectrum were out on a lunch break on July 22 when they heard cries for help. They then saw a group of people gathered around a truck at Bendemeer and Boon Keng Road, trying to pull out a man pinned underneath.

Calibuso and Orino joined the more men trying to lift the heavy vehicle off of the man while Davide and an Indian companion mustered all strength to pull out the man under the truck, Kim Seong, 35, a South Korean on a business trip.

Bregente alerted authorities for rescue while protecting the Korean from the intense heat with her umbrella.

Kim, who suffered a fractured leg, is now recuperating at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, while the lorry’s driver was arrested, according to Straits Times.

The Good Samaritans were commended by Lieutenant Colonel Alan Chow, commander of 1st SCDF division.

“We are all very amazed by the amazing feat,” Chow said.

In a city celebrating its 50th founding anniversary, it is a puts Filipinos in a positive light after bad experiences in the past. Last year’s celebration of the Philippine Independence Day was abruptly cancelled amid safety concerns, while Filipino nurse who posted offensive Facebook comments about Singaporeans sparked widespread anger and led to his termination from his job.

“While not putting premium on our efforts, I hope other nationalities could see that Filipinos are a good people and workers trying to live harmoniously with locals and foreigners alike,” said the 36-year-old Bregente who hails from Iligan City.

Ms Diana Bregente, receiving her certificate from the SCDF. (Photo: Diane Leow)
Ms Diana Bregente, receiving her certificate from the SCDF. (Photo: Diane Leow)

“You could see people from different countries, but (all) the thoughts (were) of saving the man on the spot,” Iqbal said.