MANILA-Army commander, Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., has called on the 104 graduating members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2022 to always live up to the virtues of courage, integrity, and loyalty once they formally join the Philippine Army (PA).
"As you transition later to serving our Army and our communities, always live up to the virtues of courage, integrity, and loyalty. As the former Commandant of Cadets, I know that you will not fail our alma mater," Brawner said during the reception dinner on Thursday held at the Forest Lodge, Camp John Hay, Baguio City and was only forwarded to reporters Saturday.
He also urged the graduating cadets, who will be joining the PA as its new officers, to always live with patriotism, passion, and perseverance.
"Allow me to share with you three virtues that will prepare, equip and hone you to become the best-fitted Army servant-soldiers, which are patriotism, passion, and perseverance," Brawner said.
The PA chief also led the ceremonial handover of Glock pistols and initial clothing and equipment package to the cadets who will soon serve as platoon leaders of the Army.
The 214-strong graduating PMA Class of 2022 is composed of 165 men and 49 women who are set to be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, Air Force, and ensigns in the Navy.
Of the number, 104 will join the PA, 57 will go to the Philippine Navy, and another 53 will enter the Philippine Air Force.
Four of the top 10 graduating cadets are set to join the Army -- Cadet 1st Class Ian Joseph V. Bragancia (Rank 3); Cadet 1st Class Faithe H. Turiano (Rank 4); Cadet 1st Class Jesie Mar L Frias (Rank 7); and Cadet 1st Class Elvin John Oyo-a (Rank 8).
"Welcome to the snappiest major branch of service, the Philippine Army!" Brawner said. (PNA)