Aquino to new PMA grads: Respect Honor Code-A A +A
Sunday, March 16, 2014
MANILA (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III challenged Sunday the new Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduates to live up to the military's Honor Code as they become members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The 109th Commencement Exercises of the PMA's “Siklab Diwa"class of 2014 was held Sunday morning at Fort Gregorio del Pilar, Baguio City.
"Kung tungkulin nating pairalin ang Honor Code sa loob ng institusyong ito, panindigan din sana natin 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 tinatakwil 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-eskwela sana tumulong din kayong panagutin ang nagnanakaw sa pondong pinagpawisan ng taong bayan," the President said, drawing cheers from those who attended the graduation rites.
Full speech of President Benigno Aquino III (Courtesy: RTV Malacañang)
Aquino reiterated the importance of the Honor Code following the dismissal of Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia, who was supposed to be one of the topnotchers of Siklab Diwa Class of 2014.
Cudia was not allowed to graduate after he was found guilty of lying as to why he was late for a class. [Read the related story.]
The cadet appealed his case to the Supreme Court and Aquino, who has the final say whether to uphold the PMA's decision or keep him in the academy to finish his studies.
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The Siklab Diwa batch was led by 21-year-old Albayano valedictorian Cadet First Class Jheorge Llona.
In his valedictory speech, Llona urged his classmates to uphold the values that the academy have instilled in them, saying: "Nararapat lamang an ating isapuso ang mga aral na itinuro ng akademiya, courage, integrity at loyalty, na mas pinatibay pa nang ating honor code at edukasyon na ating nakuha dito."
Llona also thanked Aquino and other military chiefs for supporting the Philippine soldiers through the government's housing programs and other benefits.
The valedictorian, ending his speech, vowed that the Siklad Diwa class will protect and put first the welfare of the Filipino citizens. (With Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)