MANILA, Philippines -- Seventeen officials who were elected in the recently concluded May 13 polls were graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Among them are re-elected Senators Gregorio Honasan of class 1971 and Antonio Trillanes IV of class 1995.
Honasan, a former Army colonel, led several failed coup attempts against the administration of the late former President Corazon Aquino post-February 1986.
Trillanes, a former Navy lieutenant, was among the leaders of the so-called Magdalo Group that called for the 2003 ouster of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The latter was recently elected for her second term as representative of Pampanga.
Other prominent PMA graduates who assumed their elective posts are the following:
- Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon (class 1961, former Armed Forces chief of staff)
- Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. (class 1970, former Philippine National Police chief)
- Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. (class 1972)
- Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (class 1976)
- Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop (class 1970)
- Lubang, Occidental Mayor Juan Sanchez (class 1955)
- San Manuel, Tarlac Mayor Benjamin Tesoro (class 1975)
- Alabat, Quezon Mayor Fernando Mesa (class 1975)
- Tuguegarao, Cagayan Mayor Jefferson Soriano (class 1976)
- Laoac, Pangasinan Mayor Silverio Alarcio Jr. (class 1976)
- Bangui, Ilocos Norte Vice Mayor Fidel Cimatu Jr. (class 1977)
- Barotac Viejo, Iloilo Mayor Raul Tupas (class 1994)
Three PMA graduates were also elected as party-list representatives:
- Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement Support party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao (class 1979, former PNP-CIDG chief)
- Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano (class 1995)
- Magdalo party-list Rep. Ashley Acedillo (class 1999)
PMA Alumni Association Inc. public relations officer Maj. Romeo Brawner said there is nothing new in PMA graduates running for public office.
"When retirement seems to be an end to a soldier's career, 17 Philippine Military Academy alumni found their way back to government service by running for a political office," Brawner said.
"PMA alumni running for public office is not a new practice in the country. In fact, more and more cavaliers are turning to politics after retiring from the service to continue their advocacies and serve the people and the nation," he added.
Meanwhile, the PMA graduates who lost in the 2013 elections are:
- Senatorial candidate Ramon Montano (class 1958)
- Murcia, Negros Occidental mayoralty candidate Raoul Reyes (class 1980)
- Agoo, La Union mayoral candidate Mario Chan (class 1978)