FOR PRESS RELEASE
REFER TO: Public Affairs Office, PPSC
March 26, 2015
President PNOY leads PNPA Graduation
His Excellency PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. AQUINO III is the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the 36th Commencement Exercises on March 26 for graduating cadets belonging to the “Lakandula” (LAhing KAyumanggi Na Handang I-alay sa Bayan ang DUgo at LAkas) Class composed of 226 males and 20 females. These 246 members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class 2015 will be automatically commissioned as officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) immediately after their graduation, the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), the agency that supervises the PNPA, announced today.
“After four years of rigorous training these cadets who passed the rigid admission and screening processes of the PNPA will be conferred with the baccalaureate degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS). The top cadet will receive the highest honors to be given by no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III. All of them afterwards will take their oath as newly commissioned officers of the PNP, BFP and BJMP with the rank of Inspector, equivalent of Lieutenant in the military” PPSC President Ricardo F. De Leon said.
Meanwhile, PNPA Director Police Chief Superintendent Armando E. Ramolete said that of the total 246 graduating cadets, 225 are joining the PNP, 11 opted to serve in the BFP while 10 are slated to join the BJMP. About 20 of the 225 cadets slated for the PNP reportedly wish to join the Special Action Force (SAF), the elite unit of the PNP where 44 of its members were killed last January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao while on a mission to serve warrants of arrest to two most wanted international terrorists. It can be recalled that six of the SAF officers killed were PNPA graduates.
This year’s PNPA top ten graduates are: Cadets Dennis M. Yuson Jr. of General Santos City; Rod Kevin T. Talplacido of Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija; Marlon H. Landong of Cauayan, Negros Occidental; Raymund B. Caguioa of Taguig City, Metro Manila; Michael S. Giner of Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay; Kenneth F. Lumbre of Nabua, Camarines Sur; Nathaniel D. Faulve of Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila; Roel R. Bata of Santa Rita, Pampanga; Mark Jonathan Z. Avillano of Tondo, Manila; and Julie Anne L. Aguilar of Antipolo City, Rizal.
As class valedictorian, Cadet Yuson will receive the President of the Philippines Kampilan Award; PPSC President Kampilan Award and PNP Chief Kampilan Award. On the other hand, Cadet Talplacido as top 2 graduate will be feted with the Vice President of the Philippines Kampilan Award and Journalism Kampilan Award, while Cadet Landong as top 3 will receive the Secretary of DILG Kampilan Award and Athletic Kampilan Award.###