Licensed nurse tops PNPA 2016 class; 5 barred from joining graduation rites

/ 10:21 AM March 10, 2016
A poster of class valedictorian Fire Inspector Felipe Alicando Jr. stands on the grounds of the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/

A poster of class valedictorian Fire Inspector Felipe Alicando Jr. stands on the grounds of the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/

SILANG, Cavite–Five cadets who violated the honor code will not join the graduation rites of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Masundayaw Class of 2016 on Thursday morning.

Two of them—including a female cadet–have been kicked out of the academy days before the graduation.


Of the 350 original members of the batch, only 253 new inspectors will receive their public safety degree from the PNPA in a ceremony at Camp Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

“The hearing of the honor cases of three cadets is still ongoing. Two have left the camp this week,” PNPA spokesperson Chief Insp. Ritchie Yatar said in an interview hours before the commencement exercises.


Asked what violations the cadets committed, Yatar said only lying, cheating and stealing are grounds for dismissal.

Meanwhile, one of the five cadets is facing imminent dismissal for recidivism after repeatedly going out of the camp without permission.

Like in previous PNPA graduation ceremonies, the President will deliver a speech after distributing the diplomas and presenting the special awards of the cadets.

This will be the last time President Benigno Aquino III will grace the PNPA graduation.

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Vice President Jejomar Binay is also expected to attend to hand the Vice Presidential Kampilan award.

The Masundayaw class valedictorian, Fire Inspector Felipe Alicando Jr., a licensed nurse, will deliver his valedictory address before Aquino’s.


Alicando, a native of Dulag, Leyte, is a son of retired teachers Felipe Alicando Sr. and Encarnacion Alicando.

He finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation before entering the PNPA in 2012.

He will receive the Presidential Kampilan award, Fire Kampilan award, Plaque of Merit, and Best in Thesis award.

He will serve at the Bureau of Fire Protection along with 16 new Fire Inspectors from his batch.

Meanwhile, 215 members of the 2016 class chose to serve at the PNP. At the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, 22 will be assigned.

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The rest of the Top 10 cadets are: Police Insp. Norman Pentang of Itogon, Benguet; Police Insp. Aldrin Bagayao of Kalinga; Police Insp. Fredwin Sernio of Paco, Manila; Fire Insp. Arianne Humiwat of Mountain Province; Police Insp. Mark Romanillos of Zamboanga del Sur; Police Insp. Nicko Magnaye of Zamboanga City; Police Insp. Cadetronie Alipio of Gonzaga, Cagayan; Jail Insp. Edo Lobenia of Oras, Eastern Samar; Fire Insp. Arvin Laguna of Abuyog, Sorsogon City; Police Insp. Romar Exile of Calaminiugan, Cagayan; Police Insp. Eunice Lacra of Bibincahan, Sorsogon City; Police Insp. Christopher Dulagan of Sagada, Mountain Province; Police Insp. Rafael Serion of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental; and Police Insp. Chrisvil Villamor of San Jacinto, Masbate. IDL

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