BAGUIO CITY, May 16(PIA) -- The newly commissioned lieutenants and ensigns of the Armed Forces of Philippines assured readiness and dedication "to serve God, the country and the Filipino people" following their graduation from the Philippine Military Academy(PMA) here on May 10, 2021.
"Now, we are ready to serve our God, country, and the Filipino people as lieutenants and ensigns. Let us give our best in performing our duties as young officers of our Armed Forces," PMA MAndirigmang SAmahan na Lakas at SandityIGAN "MASALIGAN" Class 2021 Valedictorian Janrey Artus said in his valedictory address during the blended graduation ceremony at Fort Del Pilar, Baguio
"Let us dedicate ourselves to the service our people deserve. Let us always remember the Baybayin phrase engraved in our class seal: Para sa Diyos. Para sa Bayan," he enjoined his fellow graduates.
Artus, who will be joining the Philippine Navy, said that their learnings and experiences inside the academy in the past four years have honed them, be ready to serve.
"In our four years of cadetship here in PMA, our class has experienced a lot. Yet, along with these experiences come challenges that tested our limits, discipline, honor, and character as future soldiers and leaders of our Armed Forces. Just a few hours into finishing the race, 164 -strong members of our class are now standing before you, ready to serve our country and our people," he said.
The 164-strong Class of 2021 is comprised of 138 males and 26 females . 82 will be joining the Army, 46 to the Navy and 36 will be joining the Air Force.
For graduating as Top 1, Artus received the Presidential Saber virtually from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He also received the Philippine Navy Saber, the Australian Defence Award, Spanish Armed Forces Award and the Navy Professional Plaque, the General Antonio Luna Award, the Academic Group Award, and the Department of Leadership Plaque during the ceremony.
AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana presided the recognition of graduates and distribution of diplomas. He was assisted by PMA Superintendent LtGen. Ferdinand Cartujano, Assistant Superintendent Capt. Roger Viduya, PMA Commandant of Cadets Col. Julius Tomines and Head of Academic Group Col. Jose Demar Pauly.
Sobejana also facilitated the Oath of Office of the new graduates.
Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the commissionship of graduates while Cavalier Amado Espino Jr., Chairman of the PMA Alumni Association Inc. administered the Oath of PMAAAI Membership virtually.
Other key personalities who attended video teleconferencing include Vice President Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, Spanish Ambassador of the Philippines Jorge Moragas Sanchez, Association of Generals and Flag Officers Inc. President MGen Alfonso Crucero (Ret), US Army JUSMAG Chief Col. Stephen Ma, Australian Embassy Defense Attache Col. Paul Barta, Integrated Bar of the Philippines National President Atty. Domingo Egon Cayosa, and General Emilio Aguinaldo Foundation Emilio Suntay III of the General Emilio Aguinaldo Foundation.
Philippine Air Force Commanding General LtGen. Allen Paredes, Philippine Army Chief of Staff MGen. Rowen Tolentino Jr., Philippine Navy Vice Commander LtGen. Jose Faustino, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Erick Kagaoan, AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command and AFP Spokesperson MGen. Edgard Arevalo, and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong were also present in the said activity.
This is the second year that the premiere military school closed its doors to the public duringthe graduation ceremony due to restrictions and safety measures against COVID 19. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)