Female cadet from Isabela tops PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020   •   344

BAGUIO CITY – A female cadet hailing from the province of Isabela topped this year’s graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui, who earned an economics degree from the University of the Philippines-Baguio, bested 195 other graduates of “Masidlawin” Class of 2020 to become the sixth woman in history to top the PMA graduating batch since 1993.

25-year old Sugui, daughter of a farmer and a school teacher, intends to join the Philippine Army along with 99 of her classmates.

Forty-five other Masidlawin members will become part of the Philippine Air Force while the remaining 51 members will join the Philippine Navy.

Cadet First Class Jade Villanueva from Taclobaln City ranked second among the Masidlawin’s top 10 cadets, followed by Cadet First Class Jefferson Salazar from Zamboanga City.

Below are the top 10 of Masidlawin Class of 2020:

  1. Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui (Isabela)
  2. Cadet First Class Jade Villanueva (Tacloban City)
  3. Cadet First Class Jefferson Salazar (Zamboanga City)
  4. Cadet First Class Rotes Gaile Jamandre (Ifugao)
  5. Cadet First Class Jeb Bay-An (La Trinidad, Benguet)
  6. Cadet First Class Catabay Ladyong (Kalinga)
  7. Cadet First Class Vanelyn Angel Tabao (Tuguegarao)
  8. Cadet First Class June Giel Anne Factor (Piddig, Ilocos Norte)
  9. Cadet First Class Rubenson Abgao (Lanao Del Norte)
  10. Cadet First Class Dencel Aina Bayaca (Floridablanca, Pampanga)

The graduating class will march in a ceremony on Friday afternoon, but neither their parents nor the media will be allowed to attend due to travel restrictions.

The ceremony, however, will be streamed live.

Baguio City is under general community quarantine but has been implementing strict border control due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The PMA graduation ceremony involves a testimonial parade and review to honor retiring alumni and trooping the line where cadets assemble in formations.

The last time that the PMA was unable to hold a graduation rites was during World War 2.

In February, the PMA alumni association delayed its homecoming by a week due to coronavirus threat. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Doctolero)

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)

PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.

Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.

Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.

“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.

Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.

Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:

  • PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
  • Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
  • Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar

The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

New PMA Commandant wants cadets’ honor system, mental health strengthened

Marje Pelayo   •   September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Newly installed Commandant of Cadets BGen. Romeo Brawner Jr. has declared war against hazing inside the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Brawner wants to change the culture inside the institution by strengthening the PMA’s honor system, instead of focusing on physical standards.

The PMA is governed by an “honor code” which bars all cadets from any act of dishonesty, theft and deception.

 “[Our honor code is] perfect in itself but the implementation is sometimes different among the cadets, among the company,” Brawner noted.

Aside from physical examination, Brawner plans to launch a program that will focus on the cadets’ mental health “to make sure that everybody who remains in the Cadet Corps are mentally fit,” he said.

Amid the controversy of hazing deaths, the PMA still has no record of a plebe quitting the Academy.

The PMA assures parents and guardians that the cadets are well taken care of throughout the duration of their stay in the Academy.

“Noong nangyari ito, naging bukas ang PMA sa lahat ng imbestigasyon ng proper authorities. Wala po siyang tinago or walang cover-up na ginawa, (When the [hazing] happened, the PMA has been open to investigation by proper authorities. [The Academy] has nothing to hide nor has it anything to cover up),” assured PMA Spokesperson Maj. Reynan Afan. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

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