PRRD to PMA grads: Follow Constitution, chain of command

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City President Rodrigo Duterte has called on the members of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 'Alab Tala' Class of 2018 to abide by the Constitution and follow the chain of command.

Duterte, also the Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, during Sunday's commencement exercise of the 282 cadets said: My heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of PMA 'Alab-Tala' Class of 2018. I join your families and your friends in celebrating this important milestone in your young careers.

Your courage and bravery have been tested numerous times but despite all of these trials, you have emerged victorious and ready to take on bigger challenges ahead, Duterte said as he also noted that life in the academy is not that easy.

The Commander-in-Chief added, you have been equipped with the knowledge and skills to excel but how far can you go will depend greatly on the discipline and determination and faith.

He said they should remember always the three words that have been ingrained deeply in their hearts courage, integrity, and loyalty which will serve as their guide throughout their careers.

As you dedicate your life to the service of God, country, and people, know that the Armed Forces of the Philippines has the government's full support, Duterte said.

Duterte said he wanted to leave behind a strong Armed Forces and Philippine National Police simply because the troubles now faced by the country will not disappear within the next four to seven to 10 years.

As you leave the halls of PMA and enter your chosen branches of service, you will be faced with realities that are far more complex than what you have been prepared for. Mistakes will always be inevitable but have confidence in knowing that the rules of the academy have honed you for the responsibilities that await you as you assume leadership roles in the armed forces, he added.

Source: Philippine News Agency