PDI reporter, 23 others sworn in as new commissioned officers of AFP reserve force

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AFP Chief of Staff, General Emmanuel Bautista presided the oath-taking of the 24 newly-commissioned officers of the military’s reserve force. Photo by MSgt. Leopoldo Balgos, AFP Public Affairs

MANILA, Philippines – A newspaper journalist and 23 others took their oaths as newly commissioned officers in the military’s reserve force Monday morning at Camp Aguinaldo.

The new set of officers is part of Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) Class 47 who finished the regular course last September. Having completed the course made them new members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Reserve Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

One of the new officers include Nicolette Kristine Nonna Dizon, a Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter, who received the Academic Excellence Award from the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) for finishing at the top of her class with a grade of 1.03.

Dizon’s paper, titled “Standing on a Seesaw: The Principles and Practice of Press Freedom and National Security in the Case of the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege,” also received the runner-up recognition for the best thesis award.

Also the youngest from her batch, she is now part of the Philippine Navy’s Reserve Force.

“It’s an extraordinary feeling to be in uniform now; right away you feel there’s a certain kind of responsibility that you have to do and you have to fulfill as someone in uniform… as reservists, who got their ranks through the MNSA, we should also be able to prove to our higher officers and also to our troops that we can also deliver. Whatever profession that we have, whatever careers that we have, and what our expertise, we can also share with the AFP,” Dizon said.

Out of the 24 MNSA graduates, 13 joined the Army Reserve, namely: Lieutenant Colonels Roy P. Correo, Maria Cristina B. Exmundo, Nereo Raymundo T. Joaquin, Luzviminda G. Lanuza, Perlita C. Lim, Rogelio B. Marzan, Mae Dolorita K. Manicit, Marioario A. Montejo, Maria Purificacion V. Sison, Cherry T. Tamang, Benjy Roberto G. Ferreras, Abraham C. Bayan, and Elba S. Cruz. Ten were commissioned in the Naval Reserve; these were Commanders Maria Fe B. Cabullo, Ethel C. Cuyco, Ma. Vilma V. Diez, Ma Leni P. Lebrilla, Reynaldo M. Maclang, Nicollete Kristine Nonna D. Dizon, Billy S. Pascua, Janette S. Padua, Antonio Carlos S. Fernando, and Marilou D. Ruñe. One was commissioned in the Air Force Reserve, Lt. Col. Wilhelmina C. Arao.

The MNSA is a one year master’s degree program that gives a holistic view of the principles and dynamics of national security and students will undergo nine course works, paper work, strategic planning exercises and a two-week rigorous military training for the civilian students as a requirement for their commission into the military’s reserve force as lieutenant colonels.

Among the more notable MNSA graduates were former President Fidel V. Ramos, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Loren Legarda.

The AFP Chief of Staff, General Emmanuel  Bautista,  presided the program, and was assisted by Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Alan  Luga, Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gregorio Macapagal, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel RAdm. Philip  Cacayan and Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs (J9) Maj. Gen. Marlou Salazar.

In the same activity, Col. Dante Costes, the Commander of the Communication Electronics and Information Systems Service, AFP, and Navy Captain George F. Catameo, the Assistant J9, received their first stars formally promoting them to Brigadier General and Commodore, respectively.

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  • CarlosAcantillado

    Ang galing , who would have though Senator Loren Legarda would be part of this! congratulations to you Senator Loren and FVR!

    • DanielMarquez

       Loren Legarda is number 1 in my list of senators for the 2013 election.

  • SelenaKatayama

    Cool ! kasama si Sen Loren ! Congratulations!

  • TinaCarunungan

    Nakakatuwa naman, napasama pa si senator Loren Legarda dito, ang galing talaga nya, kaya iboboto ko talaga siya sa eleksyon, idol ;)

    • JamesCarag

       True! I’ll vote for her too!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMRXSOYS6ZCDDW43HZ4Z2XKVMQ BrAX82

    Number 1 Balimbing in mine…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TPJF7FJGWYP43YZRWRSQICPFB4 Monina

    Congratulations Sen.Loren! you have my vote on the upcoming elections

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ZJYPAHL6HPFRITNWLXG7SE6RY Francia

    im happy that sen.legarda is one of them.Im sure she is a big help to the armed forces

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R6FINRE4P6PWW5CJJICUUXOSMY Vergel

    Wow! Environmentalist na,Armed Forces pa.ang galing tlaga ni Loren.superlike!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2SGJ27THLKQD74BPJOGVYUAYXY Dennis

    congrats kina FVR,Sen. Loren at sa iba pa…maganda yan para sa pagpapaunlad ng ating sandatahang lakas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IKQXNP53CDC26YPPV64OED7HNA Risa

               Sinong magaakala na mpapasama si Sen.Loren dto.ang dami pala nyang kayang gawin.congrats senator,iboboto kita.itayo mo ang bandera ng mga kababaihan!

  • UrHONOR

    MGA buntis pwede palang i-commission! :)

    • WeAry_Bat

       Who knows, those mamas may fight better than some men, barehanded, with gun, or knife.

      • UrHONOR

        YUP!  Who knows?

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