Fort del Pilar, Baguio City – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. called on the members of Philippine Military Academy “MADASIGON” Class of 2023 to continue upholding daemocracy and the rule of law as they officially join the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“As you join the military’s ranks, continue to fuel your undying and genuine love for country and commitment to public service. In all your tasks, diligently work for unity, respect for democratic ideals, institutions and mechanisms, and the rule of law,” Mr. Marcos said at the commencement exercises at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday.
Class valedictorian Warren Leonor of Lipa City, Batangas, will join the Air Force.
Leonor received the Presidential Saber, along with the Award of Excellence (cum laude), Philippine Air Force Saber, and the Joint United States Military Assistance Group Saber.
Of the total 310 graduates, 158 (123 males and 35 females) will join the Army; 76 (57 males and 19 females) will join the Air Force; and 77 (59 males and 18 females) will be assigned to the Navy.
“As you encounter challenges along the way, apply the hard-won lessons that you have learned while in the halls of the Academy, clinging to the values of courage, integrity, and patriotism. That way, you will never lose your way,” Mr. Marcos said.
“Live up to the precepts that define your class identity — namely, honor, excellence, and ability to recover — and help lead our nation towards the progressive and prosperous future that we all aspire for,” he added.
The President also reiterated his commitment to the AFP Modernization Program through important military asset acquisitions and upgrades.
He said the government is also undertaking a comprehensive study to improve the social protection benefits for military and uniformed personnel.