Reporter and officer: Call her ‘ma’am,’ then salute



Inquirer reporter Nikko Dizon poses with guest speaker Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and her parents, Oscar and Lirio Dizon, after graduation rites of the National Defense College of the Philippines on Sept. 20, 2012, in Camp Aguinaldo. Dizon joined 23 other NDCP graduates who formally took their oath as reserve officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. ROLLY MOLANO/CONTRIBUTOR

MANILA, Philippines—The reporter is now an officer.

Inquirer reporter Nikko Dizon on Monday joined 23 other graduates of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) who formally took their oath as reserve officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In a ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City led by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Dizon and her classmates who completed the Master’s in National Security Administration (MNSA) program of the NDCP, were officially installed as lieutenant colonels in the AFP Reserve Force.

“It’s an extraordinary feeling to be in uniform now. You feel a certain kind of responsibility that you have to do and fulfill,” said Dizon, who covers the defense beat for the Inquirer.

“As reservists who got their ranks through the MNSA, we should be able to prove to our higher officers and our troops that we can also deliver,” she said.

Dizon, who joined the Inquirer in 2005, graduated at the top of MNSA Class 47 with a grade of 1.03 and received the Academic Excellence Award from the NDCP.

Her 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 runner-up recognition for best thesis.

The youngest in her 39-member class, Dizon took her oath as “commander” of the Philippine Navy reserve corps.

A grueling yearlong postgraduate course, the MNSA gives a holistic view of the principles and dynamics of national security in the context of its six dimensions: political, economic, sociocultural, techno-science, environmental and military.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    o gradweyt na as a reservist… ipadala yan sa sabah…

    malaman kung may natutunan sa iskul bukol de flip gung gongs…

  • Loggnat

    There is no middle ground between being an officer of the Armed Forces and an unbiased news reporter. As a military officer, the individual is obligated by the oath that he/she took to obey the orders of his superior officer and the individual as an unbiased reporter is now questionable because of him/her being an officer of the military. The individuals immunity as a media personality will now be clouded with doubt for the same reason as above and that will surely be at least awkward if not down right dangerous when reporting in the field about insurgency and other violent anti-establishment group. I surely hope they really gave a lot of deliberation and thought on their action in joining the Armed Forces reserve for their own safety.

    • Igor Sryvkov

       she is a reserve officer, to be called to active duty when the situation demands. for now, her primary responsibility is being a media person.

      • billijo

        Her primary obligation is to follow orders all of the time not only in certain situations.

    • billijo

      Her oath is to the Constitution of the Philippines not to higher ranking officers. Should she obey with her superior officers if they try to over throw the Philippine Government?

      • Loggnat

        Billie Joe….. Never been in a military organization, right?…:)))

  • albert13

    si sen. loren legarda is also an alumnus of the national defense college (ncdp) and likewise reservist of the philippine armed forces..

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      aside from loren legarda, amelyn veloso, and etc.

      and whats special about ms. dizon to warrant 2 articles? inq reporter of course.

  • divictes

    Navy RESERVE Officer… Saan na yung barko nyo? RESERVE din?

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      Yung barko? yung USS Guardian na nasadsad sa Tubbataha, bagong pangalan ay BRP Tubbataha. Kakatayin (chop chop) ang barko tapos idudugtong/assemble sa mga nag coconvert ng right hand drive na sasakyan sa Subic then gagamitin ng mga reservists at i-deploy sa West Philippine Sea. Gagawin daw target practice ng PLAN.

  • joel genese

    Puro de papel. Ang hilig talaga ng mga pinoy sa mga diploma.

    • Lateralus


  • RamBoDan

    The good thing about Inquirer reporter Nikko Dizon, she studied and graduated…and earned her degree and rank as Lt. Colonel in the Navy reservist…eh si Congressman emmanuel Pacquiao kaya, thank you sa Army…yan ang hirap sa Pinoy na walang ginawa kung hindi mag comment ng negative sa kapwa, daldal lang alam wala namang magawang mabuti sa bayan…kayo dapat ang dalhin sa gera.
    To All muslim bros. in arms(the Royale sultanate of sulu and followers)…we know your frustration about your quest that the government was not able to help you…and thats the best thing to do, you have shown your leadership, determination and bravery, to do or die for a cause which is rightly yours. Salai malaiqum, sadiq…for peace and prosperity in your homeland , Sabah.

    • hadji

      The correct word is assallamu alaikom, peace be with you sadiq

    • palakasantayo

      the problem with your group is, “the hands that are trying to help and feed you are the hands that you attack”

  • mulanay

    Saludo ako sa iyo, Ma’am Nikko. Matalino ka na, maganda ka pa!

  • oscar

    If she continues to write defense and national security stories, there are conflict-of-interest considerations here that Inquirer needs to deal with.

  • rjimenez1226

    media should not be compromised by reporters joining the  institution they cover. Ito ay isang panggugulang sa bayan.

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