PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to be adopted into the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association (PMAAA) today in Baguio City, his first time to grace a PMA homecoming.
The President will be the guest of honor in his first ever stint as Commander-in-Chief in the PMA homecoming. The annual event is to be attended by thousands of alumni, both retired and active, of the premier military training school in Southeast Asia.
Duterte, adopted member of the PMA “Dimasupil class of 1967”, is expected to arrive at 9:30 a.m.
The President will administer the oath-taking of the new PMA Alumni Association Incorporated (PMAAAI) Board of Directors.
The President will also be adopted as an honorary member of PMA Class ’67 led by PMAAAI Chairman and CEO Cavalier Anselmo Avenido,
“As Cavaliers, we are very much honored and proud that President Duterte will grace the significant event,” PMA Information Officer Lt. Col. Rey Balido said. It has been sometime since the incumbent president served as guest of honor in a PMA homecoming.
During the program, special recognition will be given to members of PMA Class 1957 as Diamond Jubilarians (60 years), Class ‘67 as Golden Jubilarians (50 years) and Class ‘92 as Silver Jubilarians (25 years), as well as the oldest and the youngest cavaliers.
The PMA has produced over 10,000 alumni with more than 100 others who graduated from allied service academies since its establishment in 1936.
Some of its members became leaders and key-position holders in the military, police, and other law enforcement agencies while some have served in the government, corporate, non-profit, educational, and other leadership and management positions at various levels of responsibility.
In the 2016 PMA Homecoming, the last homecoming before the 2016 national elections, politicians who would run for office that year attended the event.
Among those spotted were former vice-presidential candidates Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, and former presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II.
Cayetano and Trillanes were adopted by PMA classes 1992 and 1995, respectively. Roxas was adopted by PMA class 1984, the same class that adopted President Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
PMA classes may choose to grant their mistah an even greater honor by nominating them for membership into the PMAAAI.
Under PMAAAI guidelines, 3 classes must nominate a mistah, said PMAAAI chairman Anselmo Avenido Jr in an interview with reporters.