President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) ‘Maragtas’ Class of 2018 as they march during the pass-in review during the 39th PNPA Commencement Exercises at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 106 cadets graduated from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy on Wednesday with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.
Seventy-six of them prefer to join the Philippine National Police; 13 are joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) while 17 are joining the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Twenty-four-year-old cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador from Negros Occidental was hailed as class valedictorian.
“We shall not only be indebted forever to the Filipino people but we will always be committed to serve the people at all times,” said Vallador.
Aside from the Presidential Kampilan Award and other awards, he received a house and lot located in Bacolod.
The PNP also assigned service pistols to the top 10 graduates of the PNPA.
For Fritz’ guardian, Nelia Deocares, no words can describe how thankful she is to see him accomplish his plebehood in the academy.
Nelia raised Fritz and treated him as her own in support of Fritz’s mother who works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Spain.
“Salamat. You make us proud of you at nandiyan ka na,” said Deocares.
(Thank you. You make us proud that you have finally made it.)
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his advice to the newly added batch of uniformed personnel to the government’s police force.
“Just perform your duty. For as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid. Just do it. If you have to kill, I will take care of you,” said the president.
The chief executive also expressed his wish to see cadets coming from the Moros and other indigenous groups in the country to join the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue