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Impeachment players shun military academy homecoming

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FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, Philippines—Alumni of the Philippine Military Academy, who play key roles in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, missed this year’s homecoming on Saturday.

Absent were Senators Gregorio Honasan and Panfilo Lacson, both members of “Matatag” Class of 1971, and Antonio Trillanes IV of “Marilag” Class of 1995.

Even Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, a former senator and Armed Forces chief of staff and a perennial homecoming guest, was absent. He is a member of Class 1961.

Only Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya, an original member of PMA “Maringal” Class of 1988, turned up on Saturday. He was the PMA cavalier awardee for public administration.

Abaya, the manager of the House impeachment panel, graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1988.

He said there was no need to draw the PMA alumni to the impeachment trial, after being asked by reporters here if the  homecoming could be a venue to establish military support for the exercise. But he said PMA’s principles carry much weight in how the military appreciates the impeachment exercise.

“For our comrades-in-arms, the annual reminder of courage, integrity and loyalty—most especially integrity at this point—is much beneficial for public servants who serve our country and who are willing to risk their lives for our country,” he said.

He said soldiers have been watching the progress of the trial, like other citizens.

“Bahagi sila ng mamayang nakikinig… at sumusubaybay… kung ano man ang maging final decision dito apektado tayo lahat military ka man o pangkaraniwang mamamayan (They are part of a society that listens and keeps track of developments at the trial. Whatever its outcome, the military, much like the ordinary citizen, would be affected),” Abaya said.

Many of the alumni and their families who drove up to Baguio City for this year’s reunion did not discuss the impeachment trial. The common topic of discussions before the homecoming program started was on fashion and their Baguio vacation.

Although unspoken, each year’s homecoming has been an amusing competition  to establish the best class. Most of the alumni classes come in flashy outfits.

The “Kalasag Lahi” Class of 1997, which included the academy’s first female graduates, came in pink shirts.

“They all chose salmon pink because the color stands out and it looked good on them. But at first glance they all looked like bus conductors,” said Aileen de la Cruz, wife of Kalasag Lahi member, Col. Achilles de la Cruz.

“We traveled to Baguio all the way from Davao to participate in the homecoming even if the trip was long. This was my first homecoming…. My husband wanted the family to be complete for [Saturday's] reunion,” she said.

Members of “Mapitagan” Class of 1980 came in cowboy hats, white shirts, jeans and thigh-high boots. So did their wives and children.

“It’s Baguio so we wanted to wear something about Baguio,” a class member said.

The male and female members of “Maragtas” Class of 2007 wore barong Tagalog accented by gray and blue hats.

Members of “Hinirang” Class of 1987 marched wearing black suits, gray ties and dark gray hats.

“Baguio has become too warm. This was my second homecoming. I think there are more people who attended today,” said Ma. Socorro Ong, wife of Capt. Rommel Ong, a Hinirang member.

Over 1,000 alumni and their guests showed up.

The oldest alumnus was retired Col. Reynaldo Bocalbos, 93, who was also honored last year. The youngest participant was Philippine Air Force 2nd Lt. Reymon Marquez of “Laon-Alab” Class of 2011.

Book Author Cesar Pobre, a member of Class 1952, was awarded this year’s lifetime achievement award. Pobre  published the books, “History of the Armed Forces of the Filipino People,” and “The Resistance Movement in Northern Luzon: 1942-1945.”

Among the awardees were AFP chief of staff, Gen. Jessie Dellosa (1979); Philippine National Police chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome (1980); and retired AFP chief of staff, Eduardo Oban (1979).


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K6T7LG2PMDL77QEGEAZWPJD6DA Mabuhay!

    Hindi kayo priority para kay Pnoy. Sila CJ Corona at GMA lang ang importante sa lahat.

  • karina_sancho

    President Aquino did not join the homecoming maybe because he did not want to be in the company of thieves who disguise themselves as heroes of the Republic!

    • EngrhansTeh

      no, please we should not be thinking like that…they are just a victim of corrupt political system of our country. corruption business in our country is so easy to do it is already a plague. and to get a promotion they have to dance with the music.what we need is a law that will give more Filipinos right to dig and have a hands-on in dealing corrupt government officials. we need a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. but im wondering why, PNOY did not include FOI as an urgent bill. are we really fighting corruptions or we just fighting coronas and arroyos?

  • kilabot

    abaya who? the manager of congressmen who concocted tall tales about the small lady and the gate-insertion? wala na talagang mapili dito sa mga pma’ers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJW3LXJGTGMGFSLHSU2W5BZGBM Benjamin Brillantes

    ubos na naman ang gasolina ng AFP..kasi lahat ng a attend ay may gas coupons na ibibigay… eh audit ninyo ang lahat ng  G4, J4 at A4 maging sa POLICE at lalabas ang biglang akyat ng gas consumptions..diyan talo ang hindi PMA…saan saan sila kukuha ng pang gastos? di sa operational funds or intel funds, di ba? a yan

  • kabayandinako

    It is a bitter truth that whatever these alumni are doing to preserve the three values, COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, by bringing pomp and pageantry to the annual homecoming it comes to naught for the rest of the Pilipino people. It is very sad that despite the hardships those cadets endured during their four year stint in the academy alumni are characterized as having divisiveness, ostracization, low morale, honor code system gradual destruction, loss of idealism and more on embracing realism, politics, and loss of trust from the populace. Before, if you are a PMayer you are it and you are regarded as cream of the elites, but now the rest of the population even want to close the academy for it is just a waste of taxpayers money for producing some corrupt entities. I might apologize to those alumni who live up to the three values but I am very sorry to tell that when reality sets in some are going astray and it is documented.

  • noonyan

     PMAs pride no more…nakakahiya na kayo, ang pag  aaral nyo  ay sagut ng mga mamamayang pilipino( TAXPAYERS MONEY) pag naka puesto na kayo kinukurakut nyo pa lalo kaming mga gumagastos sa pag aral nyo pwe!!!

    • EngrhansTeh

      no, please we should not be thinking like that…they are just a victim of corrupt political system of our country. corruption business in our country is so easy to do it is already a plague. and to get a promotion they have to dance with the music.what we need is a law that will give more Filipinos right to dig and have a hands-on in dealing corrupt government officials. we need a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. but im wondering why, PNOY did not include FOI as an urgent bill. are we really fighting corruptions or we just fighting coronas and arroyos?

      • noonyan

        Pnoy submitted already the bill of FOI into the house for deliverations i supposed…not just As and Cs, we have already Garcia, Reyes,Ligots, to name a few the eyesore of matuwid na daan and more is coming, ill promise you hehehe

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        EngrhansTeh wrote, in response to noonyan:
        no, please we should not be thinking like that…they are just a victim of corrupt political system of our country. corruption business in our country is so easy to do it is already a plague. and to get a promotion they have to dance with the music.what we need is a law that will give more Filipinos right to dig and have a hands-on in dealing corrupt government officials. we need a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. but im wondering why, PNOY did not include FOI as an urgent bill. are we really fighting corruptions or we just fighting coronas and arroyos? Link to comment

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Safety muna, mga kaibigan.
    Kukuyugin sya doon kung nagpunta siya.
    Paano ba naman, ilang ulit nyang linaglag ang AFP para paboran ang mga “enemies of the state”.
    Talagang may paglalagyan sya doon kung nagpakita siya.

  • kismaytami

    Diyan lang sa party-party magaling ang mga graduate ng PMA. Hanggang ngayon kasi buhay na buhay pa rin ang Abu Sayaf, MILF, MNLF at NPA.

  • abbaj

    pma produced coup plotters, murderers, plunderers, womanizers and other despicable characters. imagine you and me’s taxes subsidizing millions of pesos for each cadet who later on do bad things. pma pwe! shut it down!



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