Aquino: Live by the honor code

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Monday, March 17, 2014


FORT DEL PILAR -- President Benigno Aquino III cited the honor code of the academy during his valedictory address stressing the code must be the basis of the life of every graduating cadet who will serve government.

“Buo ang kompiyansa kong isasabuhay ng lahat ng kasapi ng Class Siklab-Diwa ang prinsipyong ito, at mananatili kayong tapat sa inyong sinumpaang tungkulin. Batid ko nga po: Dangal ang isa sa mga haligi ng institusyong ito— ang dangal ng pagiging kawal, ng pagsusuot ng inyong mga uniporme, at ng pagsaludo sa ating bandila; ang dangal ng pagkakaroon ng isang Sandatahang Lakas, na talaga nga pong nabawi na ang paghanga at tiwala ng ating mga mamamayan,” the Commander-in-Chief said.

“Kaya naman ang hamon sa ating lahat, kung tungkulin nating pairalin ang Honor Code sa loob ng institusyong ito, panindigan din sana natin ito sa labas ng PMA. Kung bawal magsinungaling sa klase at sa kapwa kadete, di ba’t hindi rin dapat hayaan ang sinuman, kapwa man sundalo o karaniwang mamamayan, na linlangin at paikut-ikutin ang kapwa at ang Saligang Batas? Kung mahigpit na itinatakwil ang pandaraya sa mga pagsusulit, iwasan din sana ang panlalamang sa procurement ng mga armas at kagamitan. Kung may parusa ang pangungupit ng gamit sa ka-eskuwela, tumulong din kayong panagutin ang nagnanakaw sa pondong pinagpawisan ng taumbayan.”

PMA Siklab Diwa’s valedictorian with President Benigno Aquino
BAGUIO. President Benigno Aquino III is all ears as Siklab Diwa’s valedictorian, newly commissioned 2Lt. Jheorge Llona addresses the Commander-In-Chief after delivering his valedictory address during Sunday’s graduation rites. (Zaldy Comanda)

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“Apat na taon kayong hinubog ng institusyong ito upang isabuhay ang kagitingan, integridad at katapatan. Subalit saka pa lamang magsisimula ang tunay na mga pagsubok sa pagiging kawal paglabas ninyo rito sa Fort del Pilar. Gaya ng mga nauna sa inyo, haharap kayo sa sangang daan, susubukin ang inyong prinsipyo ng ilang mapanlamang, sisilawin nila kayo ng yaman at kapangyarihan.

“Bilang Commander-in-Chief, umaasa akong kung gaano ka-automatic sa inyo na ilapat ang teorya at taktikang inyong natutuhan sa tunay na bakbakan, ay siya rin sanang tatag ng inyong prinsipyong itakwil ang mali, at pumanig sa katwiran. Dahil higit sa anumang yaman at kapangyarihan, ang pananagutan at integridad ang dinadakila ng ating mga Boss. Di ba’t kapag hinayaan ninyong apihin ang karapatan ng taumbayang sinumpaan ninyong protektahan at paglingkuran, hinayaan ninyo na ring apihin at yurakan ang inyong karapatan,” Aquino stressed.

Aquino awarded the Presidential Saber to Class valedictorian, newly commissioned 2Lt. Jheorge Llona.

Meanwhile, PMA superintendent Oscar Lopez, during his address, quoted the philosopher Aristotle saying, “Happiness is an activity of the soul,” adding honor is essential to happiness.

“Life must be transformed by the honor system. Happy ever after is the fruit of goodness planted in love,” Lopez stressed.

Others included in the top ten; ranked 3rd is Billy Codiam,from Tanudan,Kalinga; 4th Leo Mac Tuliao, from Penablanca,Cagayan; 5th Noel Raguindin, from Dagupan City; 6th Carlito Agustin,from Tuguegarao City; 7th Frank Anzale, from Batbangon,Leyte; 8th King Christian Argoso,from Gumaca,Quezon; 9th Greg Phillip Monsalud,from Cagayan de oro City and 10th Alvin Balangcod,from Kapangan.Benguet.

Security was extra tight during commencement exercises, Sunday, due to breaches in protocol caused by the hype over dismissed Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia.

PMA officials said Cudia was moved from his holding cell to an undisclosed location during the commencement exercises.

Aquino left the fate of Cudia to Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista, who will finally decide on the appeal of the young cadet who has been separated from the PMA due to violations of the honor code.

Class 2014 is composed of 223 members of which, 118 have chosen to join the Philippine Army, 37 will go to the Naval Forces while 48 are to be assigned to the Philippine Air Force.

There are 19 females in the class.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 18, 2014.

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