The House of Representatives honored the Boholano taxi driver who rescued six people during the October 2017 massacre at an outdoor Las Vegas concert, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Winifredo Maquindang, a native of Poblacion Sawang in Loboc, was given recognition through a resolution sponsored by Third District Rep. Arthur Yap.
Maquindang on Monday went to Congress upon invitation to be honored by members of the lower chamber.
“While most of the people were running away, frightened, dazed and confused, Maquindang, instinctively loaded six wounded victims in his taxi,” said Yap through the resolution.
Maquindang is expected to arrive in Bohol later this week.
On October 2, 2017, Stephen Paddock unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival, killing 58 people, while he was perched on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Maquindang was waiting for passengers along the Vegas strip near the said hotel-casino when chaos erupted. But instead of fleeing like everyone else, the Boholano picked up six wounded passengers.
He sped through traffic and reached the hospital to have his passengers treated some 30 minutes away from the carnage.
“I was there. There were so many dead people. They were down, and some laid on the ground while others were walking while crying,” Maquindang said in an earlier interview.
Maquindang has been living in the US for 47 years and driving professionally for most of the time.
He had just relocated to Nevada from Los Angeles, California several weeks prior to the mass shooting. (AD)