Duterte tells PMAers: Police your own ranks

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the Annual General Membership Meeting of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc. at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on January 21, 2020. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO In a speech during the membershipmeeting of PMA Alumni, Duterte said the image of the institution is only asgood as the image that each cadet and alumni projects to the public. MANILA – President Rodrigo Dutertereminded cadets and alumni of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to policetheir own ranks and avoid letting the name of the institution get tarnished. “It takes one fly to spoil a feast. Ittakes one scandal to ruin an avowed moral and ethical standard,” Duterte said.“One scalawag among you can destroy or dent that image and reputation of everyPMAer, your alma mater and your association included.” The PMA has been embroiled incontroversy last year following the death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio inSeptember last year due to the alleged hazing by his upperclassmen. Duterte also warned PMAers against thedangers of too much pride as he noted that many PMA alumni have becomepoliticians, lawmakers, and heads of government agencies. “Make use of your moral ascendancy,police your own ranks. You owe it to the academy that nourished you,” the ChiefExecutive added. “That pride, if uncontrolled, can easilydegenerate into arrogance and from there, the path of abuse opens. After that,only God knows,” he said. “That is what you should guard against, that is whatyou should not allow to happen.” Just a week after Dormitorio’s death,several other cadets were hospitalized due to suspected maltreatment within theacademy./PNlast_img

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