President Aquino tells PMA 'Bagwis' Class of 2012: 'vacation's over'

March 19, 2012 7:31 am 

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, March 18 -– President Benigno S. Aquino III told the 187 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy’s “Bagwis” (Bagong Kawal na may Iisang Lakas) Class of 2012 that it was time to hunker down to work and to face the challenges posed by the sector they have studied and trained for for four years.

In his speech keynoting the PMA’s 107th Commencement Exercises here on Sunday, the President told the new batch of second lieutenants and ensigns of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that their four-year vacation at the PMA was now “over.”

“Matapos ang masinsing mental at pisikal na pagsubok na matagumpay ninyong nalampasan, huwag sana kayong magugulat kung sasabihin kong: Congratulations, tapos na ang apat na taon ninyong bakasyon dito sa Fort del Pilar,” the President said.

“Tapos na ang praktis; simula na ng pagharap sa mga tunay na suliranin ng inyong piniling larangan: ang pagtugon sa mga tunay na problema ng ating lipunan. Panahon na ng totoong sukatan ng inyong pagkakawal, pagka-Pilipino, at pagkatao: Ang pagharap sa sangandaan,” he added.

The President said that aside from fulfilling their mandate of protecting the people, one of the challenges they would most likely face would be from being tempted and lured by unscrupulous people to be one of them.

“Sa labas ng Fort del Pilar, hindi na lamang mga armadong grupo sa kabundukan, o masasamang elemento sa lungsod ang kailangan ninyong labanan. Nandiyan ang tukso ng katiwalian,” the President said.

He reminded the new graduates to keep their honor beyond reproach as this is where the people base their trust on.

“Lagi ninyong tatandaan: bilang kalasag ng ating estado, kayo dapat ang unang takbuhan at tagapagtanggol ng taumbayan. Kapag pakiramdam nila ay hindi kayo matatakbuhan, at wala silang mapapala sa paghingi ng tulong sa inyo, tatakbo sila sa mga nagpapanggap na tagapagligtas,” the President said.

“Pero kung nagagawa ninyo ang inyong tungkulin, ang taumbayan mismo ang inyong magiging pinakatapat na kakampi. Huwag ninyong kalilimutang sa kahit na anong bakbakan, ang laging mananaig ay ang pinapanigan ng taumbayan,” he added. (PNA) scs/PCOO/rsm

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