PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. encouraged the new graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) to fulfill their duties as protectors of the people with fairness, impartiality and high moral integrity, no matter the challenges they may face.

Marcos attended the graduation of PNPA Masidtalak Class of 2023 in Silang Cavite on Friday, March 10, 2023.

In his speech, Marcos reminded the incoming officers of the PNP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection that Filipinos are entitled to equal rights regardless of their status in society, noting that public service must be devoid of prejudice, favoritism or discrimination.

“As the citizen’s peacekeeping force, be just, be morally upright, and commit yourself to protecting and defending the rights of our people notwithstanding the current challenges faced by the PNP organization,” he said in his speech.

“I also ask you to be catalysts for restoring public trust in the Philippine National Police, and to be recognized as protectors and defenders of peace, order, and human rights; the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, as safekeepers of the general welfare of those persons deprived of liberty; and the Bureau of Fire Protection, as protectors of the nation from fires and other emergencies,” he added.

The PNPA Masidtalak Class consists of 208 cadets — 174 males and 34 females.

Of this number, 186 will be joining the PNP, 11 will be serving the BFP and another 11 will be augmenting the ranks of the BJMP.

The class valedictorian, 25-year-old Police Cadet Francis D. Geneta of Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, received the Presidential Kampilan Award and the Chief PNP Kampilan Award for joining the police service.

Bagging the second spot in the top 10 of the class is John Rafael Desiderio; followed by Mary Louise Moyano, who ranked third; Eden Jhun Santos as fourth; Clarie Gean L. Pambid as fifth; Gezelle N. Sadian as sixth; Gillian T. Torlao as seventh; Jefferson S. Mamauag as eighth; Patrick John D. Alabado as ninth; and Kimberly Cruz as tenth.

Despite the challenges the cadets had to go through due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which limits their face-to-face learning and physical exercises, the PNPA leadership said the Masidtalak batch made a history in the academy with 116 of its members on the dean’s list. (SunStar Philippines)