NOY TO PMA GRADS: UPHOLD THE HONOR CODE

Members of Philippine Military Academy Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 throw their 'shakus' (cadet hats) during graduation rites at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City yesterday. President Aquino yesterday called on the new graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to uphold the Honor Code and to shun temptations of wealth and power once they enter the service. Speaking at the graduation of the PMA “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014, Aquino said the new military officers should not tolerate any wrongdoing against fellow citizens and the country. “This is the challenge to all of us: If it’s our duty to uphold the Honor Code inside this institution, let us also stand for it outside the PMA. If it is prohibited to lie to a classmate or to fellow cadets, we should not let anyone, soldier or ordinary citizen, cheat and deceive others and the Constitution,” Aquino said in Filipino. “If we strictly reject cheating during tests, shrewdness in the procurement of arms and equipment should also be avoided. If there is punishment for stealing things in school, you should also help in making those who are stealing hard-earned public funds accountable,” he added. Aquino said the new officers would face instances that would put their ideals to the test. “Your principles will be tested by the shrewd. You will be tempted with wealth and power,” the President said. “More than any wealth or power, our bosses look up to our responsibility and integrity.” Aquino is optimistic that the 222 members of the “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014 would live up to the PMA ideals of courage, integrity and loyalty.

ALSO: PMA chief Maj Gen Oscar Lopez stresses importance of honor code

Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Superintendent Oscar Lopez on Sunday stressed the importance of the academy’s honor code in shaping the life and values of a cadet.
Lopez said the honor code is the guiding principle of every cadet citing “it must be life that must be reformed by the honor code.” “No matter how horrible the villains are, the good will always prevail,” Lopez said in his welcome address at the 2014 PMA graduation. “Remember how PMA values and motto shaped your life,” he added.
He encouraged the graduates to continue to live up to the academy’s motto of courage, integrity, and loyalty. “Only then you can make your alma mater proud,” he said.

ALSO: Graduating cadets on Cudia: ‘We have an honor code to follow’

Graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014 is saddened by the dismissal of Cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia but was firm on saying they respected the decision of the honor committee upholding his dismissal. Video by INQUIRER.net's Nestor Corrales. “We are saddened but we have an honor code to follow,” class valedictorian Cadet First Class Jheorge Llona told reporters Saturday in an interview after the awarding ceremony of outstanding PMA graduates. Cudia is facing dismissal from the premier military school for allegedly breaking the academy’s honor code. The 22-year-old cadet pointed out that they entered the academy governed by the honor code and Cudia should abide by and respect the decision.But Llona said that their class was still united despite the controversy. “Nababawasan kami syempre ng saya pero kailangan naming igalang ang honor code,” he said.

EARLIER NEWS: New superintendent aims for world-class PMA

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 -The command of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) was
formally turned over Saturday afternoon in the presence of top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Maj. Gen. Oscar Lopez, a cum laude graduate of PMA Dimalupig Class of 1981 and former chief of the AFP Resource Management Office, formally took over as superintendent of the country's premier military school with the retirement of Vice Adm. Edgar Abogado after 37 years in service. Lopez stressed the importance of keeping the institution at par with international standards as it continues to open its doors to Thai, Singaporean, and South Korean military students through exchange in cadet agreements.
Lopez assumed the post in the presence of Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, AFP chief
He stressed the importance of continuity in the reforms being instituted by predecessors by following the PMA Roadmap 2028, which seeks to improve the school by improving its facilities, curriculum, and training. The premier military institution has since embarked on a reform of its programs to become a world-class military academy with the PMA Roadmap 2015 which eventually scaled up into a transformation guide as PMA Roadmap 2028, furthering the revised curriculum and training program in the military institution. Bautista challenged Lopez to continue the legacy of former PMA superintendents by elevating the level of instruction of PMA graduates. He reminded the new superintendent that a world-class military institution is the foundation of a world-class AFP.


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Noy: Uphold the honor code


Members of Philippine Military Academy Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 throw their 'shakus' (cadet hats) during graduation rites at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City yesterday. ANDY ZAPATA JR.

FORT DEL PILAR, MARCH 17, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero - President Aquino yesterday called on the new graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to uphold the Honor Code and to shun temptations of wealth and power once they enter the service.

Speaking at the graduation of the PMA “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014, Aquino said the new military officers should not tolerate any wrongdoing against fellow citizens and the country.

“This is the challenge to all of us: If it’s our duty to uphold the Honor Code inside this institution, let us also stand for it outside the PMA. If it is prohibited to lie to a classmate or to fellow cadets, we should not let anyone, soldier or ordinary citizen, cheat and deceive others and the Constitution,” Aquino said in Filipino.

“If we strictly reject cheating during tests, shrewdness in the procurement of arms and equipment should also be avoided. If there is punishment for stealing things in school, you should also help in making those who are stealing hard-earned public funds accountable,” he added.

Aquino said the new officers would face instances that would put their ideals to the test.

“Your principles will be tested by the shrewd. You will be tempted with wealth and power,” the President said. “More than any wealth or power, our bosses look up to our responsibility and integrity.”

Aquino is optimistic that the 222 members of the “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014 would live up to the PMA ideals of courage, integrity and loyalty.

He also called on the newly commissioned officers to raise the level of service and integrity of the military.

“In every transaction you enter as leaders, I hope that you won’t succumb to temptations to your principles. In times of chaos or great disaster, I know you will serve as a foundation of the strength and resilience of the Filipino people,” he said.

PMA ideals

In his valedictory address, PMA class 2014 topnotcher Jheorge Llona vowed to follow the straight path and to apply the ideals he learned at the academy.

“Graduation marks the start of our treading of the straight path toward becoming an effective official, gaining a new view of life and a new hope for the future,” Llona said.

“We should put to heart the ideals of our academy – courage, integrity and loyalty, which were fortified by our Honor Code and the education that we get from it,” he added.

Llona also urged his classmates to promote human rights and to work toward gaining the public’s trust.

The PMA Honor Code became the subject of news reports after a member of the graduating class, Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia, was dismissed for supposedly violating it. – With Artemio Dumlao

PMA chief stresses importance of honor code By Nestor Corrales INQUIRER.net 12:03 pm | Sunday, March 16th, 2014


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Class Siklab Diwa during awarding ceremony. KRISTINE SABILLO/INQUIRER.net

BAGUIO City, Philippines—Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Superintendent Oscar Lopez on Sunday stressed the importance of the academy’s honor code in shaping the life and values of a cadet.

Lopez said the honor code is the guiding principle of every cadet citing “it must be life that must be reformed by the honor code.”

“No matter how horrible the villains are, the good will always prevail,” Lopez said in his welcome address at the 2014 PMA graduation.

“Remember how PMA values and motto shaped your life,” he added.

He encouraged the graduates to continue to live up to the academy’s motto of courage, integrity, and loyalty.
“Only then you can make your alma mater proud,” he said.

The 222-strong cadets of PMA “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014 is led by Cadet First Class Jheorge Llona from Daraga, Albay.

Graduating cadets on Cudia: ‘We have an honor code to follow’ By Nestor Corrales INQUIRER.net 12:55 pm | Saturday, March 15th, 2014


Graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014 is saddened by the dismissal of Cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia but was firm on saying they respected the decision of the honor committee upholding his dismissal. INQUIRER.net's Nestor Corrales

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014 is saddened by the dismissal of Cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia but was firm on saying they respected the decision of the honor committee upholding his dismissal.

“We are saddened but we have an honor code to follow,” class valedictorian Cadet First Class Jheorge Llona told reporters Saturday in an interview after the awarding ceremony of outstanding PMA graduates.

Cudia is facing dismissal from the premier military school for allegedly breaking the academy’s honor code.

The 22-year-old cadet pointed out that they entered the academy governed by the honor code and Cudia should abide by and respect the decision.

But Llona said that their class was still united despite the controversy.

“Nababawasan kami syempre ng saya pero kailangan naming igalang ang honor code,” he said.

Llona, born to a farming clan in the remote village of Maopi in Daraga, Albay, will lead the 222-strong Siklab Diwa Class on Sunday when President Beningo Aquino III formally commissions them as first lieutenants and ensigns of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

He will receive the Presidential Saber, the Philippine Air Force Saber, the Academic Group Award, the Management Plaque, the Air Force Professional Courses Plaque, the Jusmag Award, the Gen. Antonio Luna Award and the Australian Defense Best Overall Performance Award.

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New superintendent aims for world-class PMA By JM Agreda Published: Mon, February 17, 2014 SOLAR NEWS PHILIPPINES


Maj. Gen. Oscar Lopez (inset) is the new PMA superintendent.

Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City – The command of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) was formally turned over Saturday afternoon in the presence of top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Maj. Gen. Oscar Lopez, a cum laude graduate of PMA Dimalupig Class of 1981 and former chief of the AFP Resource Management Office, formally took over as superintendent of the country's premier military school with the retirement of Vice Adm. Edgar Abogado after 37 years in service.

Lopez stressed the importance of keeping the institution at par with international standards as it continues to open its doors to Thai, Singaporean, and South Korean military students through exchange in cadet agreements.

Lopez assumed the post in the presence of Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, AFP chief. He stressed the importance of continuity in the reforms being instituted by predecessors by following the PMA Roadmap 2028, which seeks to improve the school by improving its facilities, curriculum, and training.

The premier military institution has since embarked on a reform of its programs to become a world-class military academy with the PMA Roadmap 2015 which eventually scaled up into a transformation guide as PMA Roadmap 2028, furthering the revised curriculum and training program in the military institution.

Bautista challenged Lopez to continue the legacy of former PMA superintendents by elevating the level of instruction of PMA graduates. He reminded the new superintendent that a world-class military institution is the foundation of a world-class AFP.

On the other hand, Abogado challenged the PMA Alumni Association Inc. which held its homecoming rites on Saturday morning, to continue in helping improve facilities of the academy as many classes have adopted classrooms, parks, facilities, and lodging quarters.

Lopez has served various positions in the Philippine Army, including command of the 803rd Infantry Brigade based in Northern Samar and the 8th Infantry Batallion based in Northern Samar. He was also chief of the Management and Fiscal Office of the AFP.


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