MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III was the guest of honor at the 32nd commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Silang, Cavite.
In his speech before the 260 graduates of the MASALIGAN (Mamamayang Sasabak sa Lipunang Ganap) class, Aquino urged them to keep the discipline and education they learned in the academy and not to succumb to temptations of the outside world once they begin their jobs as policemen, firemen and jail guards.
Aquino, he said, also congratulated the police who were able to solve the case of the slain female broadcaster in Malabon and the 3 cases of media killings in the previous month.
He said that though the media do not give much attention to the greatness of the Philippine National Police (PNP), he believes that the police are modern day heroes and should be given respect and honor.
Aquino added that the government will help the police by extending several benefits including an affordable housing program and education for their children.
The 260 cadets graduated from their course, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety, at the Philippine Public Safety College in Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.
Female cadet Aleli Buaquen of Baguio City was hailed as this year’s class valedictorian.
Buaquen, 22, said she wants to be the first female chief of the PNP.
Buaquen is the 3rd female cadet to graduate from the PNPA as its class valedictorian since the academy opened its doors to female cadets in 1993. The first female class valedictorian graduated in 2000 while the second followed in 2009.
Of the 260 graduates, 195 are men and 65 are women. They will enter the service as policemen, firemen and jail guards with the rank of Inspector.
It was also learned that 219 graduates, composed of 182 men and 37 women, will join the PNP.
Fifteen graduates, meanwhile, 5 men and 10 women, will enter the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and 26 (18 men and 8 women) decided to join the Bureau of Fire Protection.
The President personally handed out the diplomas and awards to the graduates.
Also present during the graduation rites were Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. With Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News, and Edwin Sevidal, radio dzMM