Pinoy in Japan recognized for stopping woman from jumping off a bridge

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino living in Japan has been recognized by local authorities in Asaka City, Saitama, Japan after he prevented a woman from jumping off a bridge.

Emil Reboja Vega received a citation from authorities in Asaka City, Japan
Emil Reboja Vega received a citation from authorities in Asaka City, Japan for saving a woman ready to jump off a bridge | Photo Courtesy: Emil Reboja Vega

Emil Reboja Vega was deemed a hero after he helped save the life of a Japanese woman who was ready to end her life by jumping off a bridge on April 24. The 32-year-old Filipino was on his way home from work riding his motorcycle when he saw the woman already preparing to jump.

Vega hopped off his motorcycle and rushed towards the woman, who was later identified to be a resident of Saitama Prefecture. He held her hand and asked for help from other motorists to save the woman. The police came in and took care of the situation.

Because of his heroic deed, Vega was recognized by the Asaka City police force and was given a citation. Chief Police Inspector Makoto Sato, Police Commissioner in Asaka City, Saitama handed Vega his citation and thanked him for his good deed. Vega was joined by his wife and children to receive the recognition.

Vega, who was born in Albuera, Leyte, has been living in Japan for 16 years, where he works as a plumber.

Vega’s act of kindness also received many praises from Pinoy netizens. Many commented on how impressive his act was and proud they were of Vega. Some netizens also said that Vega displayed how Filipinos care for other people, even strangers in a foreign land.

A netizen wrote, “Iyan ang Pinoy!!! May malasakit sa kapwa, MAY PAKIALAM... So proud of you!”

“God job likas sa atin ang tumulong kung sa oras ng pangangailangan. Kaya angat tayo sa ibang lahi,” another netizen wrote.

Another netizens said, “Ang gandang balita. Salute to you sir. Yan ang pinoy!”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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