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    Phl president to PMA grads: Don’t lie

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Sunday morning led the graduation rites of this year’s Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets telling them not to lie or cheat even outside the academy.
    During the event held at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City, the President personally commissioned the 222 first-class cadets of the PMA as second lieutenants and ensigns.
    President Aquino, who is also the military’s commander-in-chief, said that he was confident that the graduating cadets would serve the country honestly.
    “I am confident that all members of this class will toe the line of principles and will remain true to their calling,” Aquino said.
    He further said: “So this is the challenge to all of us: If it’s our duty to maintain the Honor Code inside this institution, then we have to stand by it outside the PMA.”
    He then indirectly referred to the case of dismissed PMA cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia, who violated the Honor Code after lying for being two minutes late in one of his classes.
    The President then urged them to report irregularities in the academy such as lying, cheating, stealing as part of their pledge of commitment to serve the country truthfully.
    He said that although four years of training in the academy was a challenge in itself, the real challenge after graduation was just about to begin as they join the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
    Aquino said he hoped that as quick as they were to select theories and tactics in the field of battle, they would also observe ethical standards to reject what is bad and side with good.
    The President also praised the PMA and AFP for the reforms done to improve its once corrupt image.
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