SILANG, CAVITE, APRIL 22, 2013 ( President Benigno S. Aquino III led the 34th commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy for "Tagapamagitan Class 2013" on Friday.

During the graduation rites held at the PNPA Grandstand, Camp General Mariano N. Castaneda here, the Chief Executive conferred upon this year's 252 graduates the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS).

Lawyer Ruben Platon, president of the Philippine Public Safety College, said the members of this year's graduating class have adopted Tagapamagitan as the appropriate name for their class which means, mediator or arbitrator, as they aimed at bridging the gap between the members of the law enforcement and the community.

Composing the top 10 cadets are topnotcher Jhon Felix Gutierrez Pascual Jr., Christian Palustre Javier, Davis Vicente Dulawan, Mohammad Fahad Dinampo Julwadi, Markson Solomon Almeranez, Aiman Jumlani Kamlon, Mark Francis Tupaz Bauya, Nino Villanueva Aquiatan, Aiman Khuzaimah Pagayawan Pantaran and Zynon Aclinen Paiking.

The top-notcher, Jhon Felix Gutierrez Pascual Jr. from Iguig, Cagayan, received from President Aquino the Presidential Kampilan Award and the Chief Philippine National Police Kampilan Award from PNP Chief, Director General Alan M. Purisima.

Platon said three Muslim graduates landed among the top 10 graduates – a first in PNPA history.

Dinampo Julwadi, a native of Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City, placed fourth overall while Kamlon of Jolo, Sulu ranked 6th and Pantaran made it to the 9th spot.

The Philippine National Police Academy was established under Section 19, Presidential Decree 1184 and became a primary component of the Philippine Public Safety College pursuant to Section 67 of Republic Act No. 6975 which was created to provide preparatory education and training for the three uniformed bureaus of the Department of the Interior and Local Government namely, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Platon re-affirmed the PPSC's commitment to make the PNPA the premier educational institution for the officers of the government's tri-public safety bureaus such as Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.

Also in attendance were Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr, Police Chief Superintendent Dominador Aquino, among others. PND (js)


TIME: PNoy one of 'most influential people in world' Posted at 04/18/2013 8:39 PM | Updated as of 04/18/2013 11:15 PM


MANILA (UPDATE) – President Benigno Aquino III is one of the world’s 100 “most influential people” in the annual TIME 100 list.

Howard Chua-Eoan, TIME Magazine’s news director, described Aquino as a courageous President, who “became the face of the regional confrontation with Beijing over its claim to virtually all of the South China Sea.”

“It is a brave stance, the long-term consequences still unknown,” he wrote.

Chua-Eoan also poked fun at the nickname of one of Aquino’s sisters, saying it should be given to him instead.

“For his courage…he really should have the pet name the family gave his eldest sister Maria Elena: Ballsy,” he said.

Aquino was also lauded for stabilizing the country’s “sputtering economy.”

The TIME 100 list is made up prominent individuals, ranging from artists to leaders to icons in various fields.

Aquino joined US President Barack Obama, South Korea President Park Geun-hye, China President Xi Jinping, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, and Pope Francis, among others, on the prestigious list.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President gives credit to Filipinos for his inclusion in the list.

“Upon being informed this evening of his inclusion in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential for 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III responded with a message for the Filipino People: ‘Ito po ay dahil sa inyong lahat,’” Lacierda said in a statement released Thursday night.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

All rights reserved