Sunday 29 October 2017

Lacson to PMA plebes: emulate Marawi heroes

Fort Del Pilar Baguio City- The stories of bravery, gallantry, selflessness, and love for country has reached the hallowed grounds of Fort Gregorio Del Pilar- home of the Philippine Military Academy( PMA).

The Marawi Seige that started last May 23 only ended a few days after the two top leaders – Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were killed by the combined efforts of the Philippine Army units and the Philippine National Police.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson was the guest of honor of the 119th Foundation Day celebration of the Philippine Military Academy.  *
Senator Panfilo Lacson was the guest of honor of the recognition rites for the new set of recognized cadets belonging to Philippine Military Academy Class of 2021( photo credit to PDI)

The senator , a member of the PMA “Matatag” Class of 1971 along with another  famous senator Gregorio Honasan called on the cadet corps of the Philippine Military Academy to emulate the soldiers that just liberated Marawi city from the Islamic state inspired terrorists.

“Officially, we won the battle. But triumph is never without cost,” Lacson said when he addressed 246 PMA cadets of Masaligan Class of 2021, who were officially recognized in rites at Borromeo Field here.

Heroism and gallantry entail risking one’s life as shown by PMA alumni and by soldiers they led during the Marawi conflict, he said.

He said members of the Masaligan Class of 2021 would need to keep in mind that “defense of every citizen in this country” was their highest duty once they become military officers.

Many soldiers who fought in Marawi went beyond the call of duty to protect innocents and their comrades, among them was Capt. Rommel Sandoval, a Scout Ranger company commander, who died after he shielded one of his men from gunfire during battle.

The Academy recognized only 246 out of the original 300 appointed to be part of the Masaligan Class of 2021 . The class is composed of 210 male cadets and 36 female cadets. *

The Philippine Military Academy for the past 100 years, the officers training school of the Armed Forces in the Philippines has made Baguio City its home.The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) boast of a long and illustrious history of preparing only the best Filipino men (and, in recent times, women) for military service. (PMA website)

Report from PDI

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