One of the most humble and thankless jobs in our country is that of a tricycle driver. Unfortunately, despite being seen everywhere, people still barely noticed them at all. However, one such tricycle driver named Rudy captured the netizens’ attention when they saw his pictures that went viral on social media.
According to GMA News Online, the online community was touched when they saw him traveling with his young son named Ronnel. Nobody else could take care of him so the tricycle driver thought of carrying Ronnel on his daily travels. The report cited that Rudy usually walks kilometers just to reach the tricycle terminal, where he starts the day.
Rudy does not own the tricycle so he only pays a “boundary” – meaning, not everything he earns on his travels ferrying passengers go to him (essentially he starts everyday of work with debt). His wife left him when she met someone else on social media. Therefore, he’s the only one who takes care of his son. He brings Ronnel with him in an old baby carrier and ties it with plastic twine for added support.
An old feeding bottle is also attached to Ronnel so that he can conveniently drink milk anytime. The source said that even though the climate is hot, the tricycle driver has no choice but to bring Ronnel along with him. Netizens were amazed and touched by their pictures, so much so that “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” dedicated an episode to them on September 17, 2017.
A video of it was uploaded on GMA Public Affairs’ official YouTube channel, where it has gained 160,139 views, 2,000 likes, and 522 comments as of this writing. Their description reads:
“‘Baby pasada”. ‘Yan ang bansag ngayon ng netizens sa 2 taong gulang na si Ronnel na kasa-kasama sa pamamasada ng tricycle ni Tatay Rudy. Ang bata, nakatali sa lumang baby carrier habang dumedede sa kanyang feeding bottle na yupi yupi na. Iniwan na raw ito ng kanyang ina matapos sumama sa iba. Hanggang kailan nga ba mapanganib na sasama sa pagbiyahe si Baby Pasada?”
Here is the post of Facebook user Jane Eguillos that has gone viral:
Watch the video below:
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SOURCES: GMA News Online | Facebook | YouTube