PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, March 22, urged the graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) “Sansiklab” Class of 2019 to desist from being blinded by "power and fame."
In a keynote speech during the PNPA graduation rites, Duterte give the graduates salute for their "excellence and perseverance."
The President also reminded the graduates to remain loyal, compassionate, and patriotic when they serve the country.
"Your goal must now be to serve and protect our people and country to the best of your ability. I therefore challenge your class, the 'Sansiklab' Class of 2019, to be the greatest version of yourselves," Duterte told the graduates in a speech delivered at General Campos Grandstand in Silang, Cavite.
"Excel in your chosen pursuits, lend your abilities to all our communities, and stand by your principles at all costs. Never be deceived by power nor fame. What is important is that you honor, for it is your badge towards genuine success," he added.
The PNPA "Sansiklab" Class is composed of 201 graduating cadets, 138 of them will be joining the Philippine National Police (PNP). Around 41 graduates will be absorbed by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), while the remaining 15 will be joining the Bureau of Jail and Management Penology (BJMP).
Duterte was optimistic that the graduates are now ready to face the challenges that may come their way as they heed the call of duty.
He also expressed hope that they would help his administration in building a "safer, more peaceful, and more progressive nation for all Filipinos."
"Just keep in mind that your commencement exercise is just the beginning of a greater responsibility ahead of you as you choose the branch of service," the President said.
"As you leave the halls of the academy, bring with you the principles of integrity and loyalty, as well as the values of patriotism and compassion that you alma mater has stilled in you. These will serve as your guideposts as you perform your duty to our people and nation," he added.
The Chief Executive assured the graduates that the government would continue to support the PNP, the BFP, and the BJMP through programs that would improve their capacity, uplift their morale, and ensure their families' well-being. (SunStar Philippines)