Cadets encourage the youth to join PMA

admin   •   May 12, 2017   •   6507

ZAMBOANGA CITY — 278 cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) arrived in Zamboanga City on Thursday. They belong to the Mabalasik Class of 2019.

The cadets are visiting major areas in the Philippines to promote the PMA and urge others to join the academy.

“I’m inviting everyone lalo na youth of Zamboanga City na magtake kayo ng PMA exam. If I’m not mistaken this August we’ll be having PMA entrance examination,” said PMA Class 2017 president 2nd Class Francis Dimatira. (I’m inviting everyone especially the youth of Zamboanga City to take the PMA exam. If I’m not mistaken this August, we’ll be having the PMA entrance examination.)

The cadets and PMA staff members admit that they are encouraged by the care shown by President Rodrigo Duterte toward the soldiers.

“Siguro ito na yung hinihintay natin na parang game changer sa atin na may pagpapahalaga siya sa ating kasundaluhan, sa ating mga unipormadong hukbo,” said PMA spokesperson LtCol. Rey Balido. (Maybe he is the game changer we have all been waiting for. The one who values the armed forces, our uniformed troops.)

From Zamboanga City, the cadets will head to Davao City, Cebu City and then return to the academy.  Interested individuals may visit PMA’s booths and the PMA’s website www.pma.ph if they are interested to apply. — UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte opted to ‘work from home’ instead of 3-day rest

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to go home to Davao City after visiting the wake of businessman John Gokongwei Jr. on Monday night (November 11).

Earlier, Malacañang announced that President Duterte will have a break from his pressing schedule and spend time with his family for three days.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President declined the suggestion and instead, opted to work from home.

“While the demands of pressing work that go along with the highest position of the land are unceasing, the people can rest assured that the President can keep up with the same and is in the best position to know how he can maintain to be on top of his health,” Panelo said.

On Monday, Malacañang clarified that President Duterte’s decision to stay in his home in Davao City is not health related and there is no reason for him to file an official leave.

“Well upon the advice of friends, of colleagues, and the world it seems and most likely upon the advice of doctors also to take a respite from his punishing schedule. (No medical concern?) Wala naman (None at all,)” Panelo assured. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

AFP sends soldier-athletes to 2019 SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is expecting its soldier-athletes to perform well in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which is set to be held in the country from November 30 to December 11.

Around 127 soldiers on active duty will join the Filipino contingent competing in this year’s SEA Games.

Overall, the AFP is sending over 400 soldier-athletes, coaches, and emergency preparedness and response teams and security personnel from the military’s Regular and Reserve Forces.

A send-off ceremony, led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Noel Clement, was held for the AFP contingent on Monday, Nov. 11.

“We have all been tirelessly working for this momentous event. We are able to lay down the joint operational guidelines for our troops who will be deployed. Similarly, our soldiers have relentlessly trained for their various events. These are clear indications of our strong will and desire for a safe and successful conduct of the Games,” Clement was quoted as saying in a statement.

“On behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, I offer my heartfelt support to our athlete-soldiers and coaches joining the 30th SEA Games. Show the world your discipline and dedication and may you have God’s favor” he added.

The 30th SEA Games will open on November 30 in Bulacan.

Around 12,000 athletes and their coaches, 1,000 international media members, 15,000 volunteers, and spectators, among others are expected to participate and watch the games.

It is said to be the biggest SEA Games yet as it features 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues. Although these events will be conducted in various parts of Luzon, a bulk of these tournaments will be held in Metro Manila.

The closing ceremony of the games will be in the New Clark City in Tarlac on December 11.

PMA confirms death of another cadet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has confirmed that a fourth class cadet apparently drowned in the academy’s swimming pool on Friday (November 8).

Based on the initial information received by the PMA, Cadet Fourth class Mario Telan Jr of Alpha Company of the Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was found at the bottom of the 15-foot deep end of the pool.

Reports say he attended his swimming class from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. but he never attended the rest of his classes.

“Efforts were done to revive him and he was immediately transferred to Fort del Pilar Station Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician,” the statement reads.

A thorough investigation is now being conducted to determine the events that transpired leading to this incident.

Swimming classes are also temporarily suspended until further notice.

“PMA deeply grieves for this unfortunate loss of one of our sons. All necessary assistance will be extended to the bereaved family and loved ones of Cdt 4CL Telan,” according to PMA’s statement.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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