President Duterte leads PMA class of 2017 commencement exercises

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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte led the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Salaknib Class of 2017 in Baguio City on Sunday.

167 cadets graduated from the “Sanggalang ay Lakas at Buhay na Alay para sa Kalayaan ng Inang Bayan” or Salaknib Class.

In his speech during the graduation, the Chief Executive advised the graduates to remain loyal to their sworn duties despite the challenges they may face outside the PMA.

“Out there, the challenge will not just require your intellectual or physical capabilities, but your sound moral judgment as well,”  the President said.

The Salaknib Class is ready to serve the Filipino people.

According to class valedictorian Cadet First Class Rovi Mairel Martinez, their physical, emotion, mental and spiritual strength were tested during the four-year stay inside the Philippine Military Academy.

“It is but right for us, the new graduates, to prepare ourselves as new officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Cadet First Class Martinez.

The Commander-in-Chief reminded the cavaliers that they must serve the nation and the constitution and not to any individual.

“Just be true to your oath of office. Do not pledge loyalty to a person, a human being. It’s always to the flag and to the constitution. That is my advice to you. Never propagate or nurture loyalty to a government worker who is also like you. We are on the same boat. We work for the Filipinos,” he said.

Most of the new graduates have been selected to join the Philippine Army, while others will enter the Air Force and the Philippine Navy. —  Grace Doctolero | UNTV News and Rescue

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