“Serve your country well. Die for your country if it needs be. Remember the young Filipinos yet to come, the children and those who are now studying. Huwag mong kalimutan ninyo ‘yan,” President Rodrigo Duterte told the 261-strong Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 2019 during their graduation ceremony at Fort General Gregorio H. Del Pilar, Baguio City.
“And if you think that the country is not run the way it is and if it will destroy your country, you should know what to do. Do you understand me?” he added.
“This special day marks the beginning of a lifelong path that you will take as military officers. This is only the start of an even bigger challenge as you enter your chosen branch of service and assume leadership roles in our armed forces,” he told the graduates who will be joining the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as junior officers.
He also told the graduates to be humble, teachable, grateful, and to always look at each other’s backs.
“I urge you always embody courage and loyalty as you pursue your noble careers in the military. Let these values be your beacon until your last taps are sung and your perpetual memory would be to see your country truly free,” he added.