PRRD to PMA grads: “If you think that the country is not run the way it is and if it will destroy your country, you should know what to do. Do you understand me?”

PRRD to PMA grads: “If you think that the country is not run the way it is and if it will destroy your country, you should know what to do. Do you understand me?”




Mabalasik class of 2019 produced 261 junior officers for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in yesterday graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar, Baguio city.
In his keynote Presidential speech to the graduating class he gave a fatherly advice and as Commander in Chief that as junior officers in the military organization and said that they conduct themselves to the ideals of the Philippine Military Academy bearing in mind those Filipinos yet to come in this world.
“Serve your country well. Die for your country if it needs be. Remember the young Filipinos yet to come, the children and those who are now studying. Don’t forget that,” said Pres. Duterte.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 as they form the "Long Gray Line" during the commencement exercises at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. (photo coutesy of PNA)

“If you think that the country is not run the way it is and if it will destroy your country, you should know what to do. Do you understand me?” he added.
The rain-drenched graduates immediately responded with: “Yes, sir!”
Their Commander in Chief also gave them three valuable pieces of advice which involve instilling the values of humility, gratitude, and faith in service.
“As your Commander-in-Chief, I lay down these vital points that I will ask you to instill within yourselves as [junior officers] of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines): Be humble. Nothing beats humility,” Duterte said.
The President also urged the new graduates to be “teachable”, stressing that the way to success requires order and discipline.
“Next, always be grateful,” Pres. Duterte said, urging them to honor seniors, officers, professors, enlisted personnel and other civilians who prayed for and believed in them.
Finally, Duterte told them to always look at each other’s backs. In the field, nobody wins alone. Where many old mindsets are fading fast and new ones are coming from the unprecedented sources,” Duterte said.
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“Given this reality, I ask you to always remain faithful to your mission: Be a good soldier who will serve the Constitution, protect the people, secure our sovereignty, and preserve the integrity of our national territory,” he added.
“Let these values be your beacon until your last taps are sung and your perpetual memory would be to see your country truly free,” he added.




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