‘Presidentiables’ flock to PMA homecoming a year before polls

PMA 1984: Secretary Mar Roxas treads PMA grounds (third row, rightmost)

BAGUIO CITY, Philippine – It’s a year before the campaign period for the 2016 elections. Rappler spotted on Saturday, February 21, four current and former senators at the annual Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming, marching with their mistahs (classmates). 

They are incumbent Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party, and former senators Panfilo Lacson and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II. All of them have found their names in presidential polls.

Lacson and Trillanes are former soldiers who belong to PMA classes 1971 and 1995, respectively.

Roxas and Cayetano were adopted by PMA classes 1984 and 1992, respectively. 

PMA 1971: Senator Panfilo Lacson joins his class (front, center)
PMA 1995: Senator Antonio Trillanes joins the PMA homecoming (front, rightmost)
PMA 1992: Senator Alan Cayetano is among the current senators who attend the PMA homecoming (front, center)

The frontrunner in the presidential polls, Vice President Jejomar Binay, was also adopted by PMA Class 1988. But he was not seen during the PMA homecoming. 

PMA alumni who lead the 120,000-strong military and 150,000-strong police force make great allies for the country's politiciains.

In the wake of the public outcry on the death of 44 elite cops in Maguindanao in January, however, the coming 2016 elections was not the hottest issue in the minds of the PMA alumni.

Judging by the media attention, the star of the homecoming, actually, was police OIC chief Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina. The general gained public sympathy – and along with it popularity – after his emotional appeal for justice for his fallen men. 

Next time around, senators. – Rappler.com