PMA - updates

Rappler's latest stories on PMA


'My mother is my hero': Female cadet from Ilocos Sur tops PMA Class 2019

May 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Cadet First Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla will graduate as number one among her 262 classmates or mistahs of the Philippine Military Academy's Mabalasik Class of 2019

CLASS VALEDICTORIAN. Cadet 1CL Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla from Barangay Alilem Daya, Alilem, Ilocos Sur is present at the Philippine Military Academy's Longayban Hall in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

WATCH: Politicians join PMA alumni homecoming ahead of 2019 polls

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:11 PM

From former police chief Ronald dela Rosa to Senator JV Estrada, original and adopted alumni are welcomed by the Philippine Military Academy in its 2019 alumni homecoming

'RULING CLASS.' The PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 marching led by Senatorial candidate and former top cop Ronald dela Rosa and police chief Oscar Albayalde. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

DENR chief Cimatu fears Baguio 'may lose pine trees'

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'I will be making really a study for what is best for Baguio City as far as the environment is concerned,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Dela Rosa confident of PMA alumni support for Senate bid

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'Siguradong may boboto sa akin kaya hindi na ako mangangampanya dito,' says administration senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa, who is attending the PMA homecoming as a member of Class 1986

NO CAMPAIGN.' Former top cop and now administration senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks to the media on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City on Februry 16, 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PMA to 2019 candidates: Don't use our homecoming to campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:29 AM

The Philippine Military Academy will ask politicians to get rid of their campaign materials found in Fort Gregorio del Pilar

NO CAMPAIGNING, PLEASE. The Philippine Military Academy appeals to politicians and alumni alike not to use its annual homecoming on February 16, 2019, to campaign for the May polls. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PMA now closed to tourists on weekdays

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The military school holding educational tours inside the academy to herd the tourists instead of letting them loiter at the academy

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte dismisses PMA comptroller Hector Maraña

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'Send the guy to hell,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after signing the dismissal order in the middle of his speech in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 'Salaknib' Class of 2017 during their Commencement Exercises at Fort General Gregorio H. del Pilar in Baguio City on March 12, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

Next Metro Manila police chief one of authors of Oplan Tokhang

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Director Camilo Cascolan is currently the chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations, the office behind operational plans of the 180,000-strong police force

NEXT NCRPO CHIEF. Camilo Cascolan is a classmate of Oscar Albayalde and Ronald dela Rosa at the Philippine Military Academy. Rappler screengrab

Bato dela Rosa set to bid goodbye to PNP

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will retire from the police service on Thursday, April 19 – the culmination of a week full of farewells

BATO'S GOODBYE. Ronald dela Rosa is set to give his last goodbyes as PNP chief this week. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DFA on Demafelis, Akbayan Youth files complaint vs Uson, Kim Jong-un attends concert | Evening wRap

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

PNP chief Dela Rosa: Academy hazings made me who I am today

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:14 AM

''Yung lahat ng dinaanan kong paghihirap, diyan ako naging disiplinado at diyan ako naging director ngayon,' says Dela Rosa

WHAT DOES IT TAKE? PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa speaks at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters on Monday, March 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Boogie Mendoza: The consummate anti-communist spy

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:37 PM

A bullheaded strategist and psywar expert, he was an intelligence officer through and through

BOOGIE MENDOZA. Retired police general Boogie Mendoza passed away on March 28, 2018. From the Facebook page of Boogie Mendoza

Mistahs of PMA '85 battle for AFP chief post

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Board of Generals will meet after the Holy Week to finalize a shortlist for President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kamagi Medal on Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez during the 121st Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Duterte wants more Muslims to join police, military

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says there should be more Muslims in the Philippine National Police Academy and the Philippine Military Academy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte encourages more Muslims to join the police force. Malacañang Photo

PMA 2018 valedictorian ends cadetship with wedding, new house

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Jaywardene Hontoria is the Philippine Military Academy Alab Tala Class of 2018 valedictorian

VALEDICTORIAN. President Rodrigo Duterte awarding the presidential saber award to Jaywardene Galilea Hontoria during the graduation rites at the PMA's Borromeo Field. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte tells countries: 'Get out' of Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:59 PM

'I will convince everybody now under the treaty: Get out! Bastos 'yan!' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he slams the International Criminal Court

Duterte PMA Graduation 2018 Alab Tala Class March 18 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PMA Alab Tala Class of 2018 splashes in pre-grad tradition

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The first class cadets are carried from their barracks and thrown into the pool by their yearlings or mentees

All graduating cadets of PMA are dunked by their yearlings or mentees a day before or even after graduation. They are carried from their barracks and thrown to the swimming pool or the pond at the PMA sundial Ist Class cadets belonging to the Alab Tala class of 2018 are thrown into the Sundial Pool as part of the traditional dunking of graduating cadets 17 march 2018 PMA grounds Baguio City. 282-strong PMA Alab Tala (Alagad ng Lahing Binigkis ng Tapang at Lakas) Class of 2018 will be commissioned as military officers by President Duterte on Sunday 18 March 2018. photos by mauricio victa

7 things you need to know about PMA valedictorians, barons

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Philippine Military Academy Cadet First Class Jaywardene Galilea Hontoria is the 4th to graduate from the academy as both valedictorian and baron

BATCH 2018. Rappler lists down 7 things you need to know about this year's Philippine Military Academy valedictorians and barons. Photo by JJ Landingin

PMA Alab Tala Class of 2018 has most women graduates

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:00 PM

When they form the long grey line this Sunday, there will be 75 women among the 282 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy, the most since females were accepted

 (left to right)Cadet Leonore Andrea Cariño Japitan - Butuan City Cadet Jezaira Laquinon Buenaventura - Negros Oriental Cadet Micah Quiambao Reynaldo - Tarlac Cadet Jasm Marie M. Alcoriza- Athetic Saber Award- Negros Occidental  Photo by Mauricio Victa

In a rare feat, PMA Alab Tala Class 2018 valedictorian also class baron

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Cadet First Class Jaywardene Galilea Hontoria of Iloilo is only the 4th fourth valedictorian and class baron in the 119 years of the Philippine Military Academy

Philippine Military Academy Top ten 1.Cadet Jaywarrdene Galilea Hontoria- Iloilo 2. Ricardo Witawit Liwaden - Mountain Province 3. Cadet Jun -Jay Malazzab Castro- Cagayan 4. Cadet Leonore Andrea Cariño Japitan - Butuan City 5. Cadet Mark Jantzen Nono Dacillo- Zamboanga City 6 Cadet Jezaira Laquinon Buenaventura - Negros Oriental 7. Cadet Jessie Antonio Laranang - Tarlac 8. Cadet Paola Balla Briones - Baguio City 9. Cadet Jayson Raymundo Cimatu - Casiguran Aurora 10. Cadet Micah Quiambao Reynaldo - Tarlac Special award CADET Christian Michael Olarte Peña - Jounalism Award- Legazpi Albay Cadet Jasm Marie M. Alcoriza- Athetic Saber Award- Negros Occidental Photo by Mauricio Victa

Ilonggo cadet tops PMA Class of 2018

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Jaywardene Galilea Hontoria, son of a farmer from Pavia town in Iloilo province, will be joining the Philippine Navy

TOP OF THE CLASS. Cadet First Class Jaywardene Galilea Hontoria. Screenshot of PMA press release

IN PHOTOS: The PMA's colorful Trooping the Line tradition

Feb 18, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Trooping the Line tradition is one of the highlights of the annual Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming celebration

ALUMNI PARADE. PMA alumni execute the Trooping the Line tradition at the Fort Gregorio del Pilar's Borromeo Field. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Will Dela Rosa get another term extension?

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte can extend the term of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa up to January 21, 2019

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Billionaire Enrique Razon Jr now adopted PMA alumnus

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Enrique Razon Jr is made an adopted PMA alumnus for his donations to the school, most notably two military barracks worth P540 million

'MISTAH'. PMA alumni adopt individuals they believe have contributed to the mission of the academy which is to serve the country with loyalty, integrity, and courage. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Inside the Philippine Military Academy barracks

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Take a look at how order is enforced down to the cadets' most personal needs, and how smiles from visitors can brighten the usually stern campus

INSIDE PMA. Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) open their rooms for inspection. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cimatu blasts mine tunnels that intrude into PMA reservation

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:50 PM

These mining tunnels have intruded into the Philippine Military Academy reservation and caused some areas to collapse within the military academy, says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BLASTED. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu leads a team in closing illegal mines in Benguet on February 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

PH Navy chief relieved after disagreement over P16-B warships

Dec 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

(UPDATED) Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado, who is supposed to serve as Philippine Navy chief until March 2018, has been assigned to the office of the AFP chief

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Drilon admits he underwent fraternity hazing

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Like Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, we all went through this in our younger days. We all know what happens in initiation rights when you go through hazing,' says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

How an army captain died saving his soldier's life in Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

'DAREDEVIL.' Caprain Rommel Sandoval's courage was 'above and beyond the call of duty,' said his superiors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Army captain among killed in Marawi clashes

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the fallen soldier on Monday September 11

LAST RESPECT. President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to Captain Rommel Sandoval, an officer killed in Marawi. Malacañang photo --

PMA cadet dies a month after start of training

May 02, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The 19 year old cadet dies just days after being rushed to the hospital because of a bleeding ulcer

IN PHOTOS: PMA reception rites for 297 incoming cadets

Apr 01, 2017 - 6:02 PM

The PMA plebes will undergo rigorous physical training and exams for about 8 weeks before they become part of the Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

HELL WEEK. Around 297 PMA plebes who will become future members of Class 2021 undergo face their right of passage on April 1, 2017. All photos by Mau Victa/RapplerPHOTO BY MAU VICTA/RAPPLER

#PugadBaboy: A dignified death

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

IN PHOTOS: PMA Salaknib Class of 2017 graduation rites

Mar 12, 2017 - 9:20 PM

A total of 167 cadets graduate this year led by female valedictorian Rovi Mairel Martinez

Philippine Military Academy Salaknbib Class 2017  throw their Shaku after the Graduation end. Photo by Mau Victa/ Rappler

Top female PMA graduates eager to defend PH waters

Mar 12, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Huwag tayong matakot humarap says Philippine Military Academy Class of 2017 valedictorian Rovi Mairel Martinez

TOP MISTAH. PMA Salaknib Class of 2017 valedictorian Rovi Mairel Martinez receives her diploma from President Rody Duterte during the graduation rites at Borromeo Field. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte to PMA grads: Stay true to your oath

Mar 12, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The President also promises that his administration will give soldiers and their families the services benefits and entitlements that you rightfully deserve

TOP OF THE CLASS. Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Salaknib Class of 2017 valedictorian Rovi Mairel Martinez (R) receives her diploma from President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd L) during the PMA graduation rites, March 12, 2017. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

At PMA graduation, Lorenzana sits between Duterte, Robredo

Mar 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

In a break with protocol the President and Vice President of the Philippines are not seated side by side in this year s Philippine Military Academy graduation rites

President Rodrigo Duterte (center, facing front) greets Vice President Leni Robredo (in purple dress) during the graduation ceremony of the Philippine Military Academy, March 12, 2017. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Ex-housemaid builds her dreams in the PMA, joins Navy

Mar 12, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Graduating PMA cadet Meriam Libongcogon remembers taking a job to become a housemaid hoping that she could juggle work and college education She entered PMA when that didn t work out

Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

PMA's woman topnotcher ran slowly, but took big strides

Mar 12, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Future navy officer Rovi Martinez also gets a lot of help from fellow women at the male dominated military school

NUMBER ONE. Rovi Martinez surmounts all odds and graduates at the top of her class. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PMA Class '17 Recognition Day and Dunking Ceremony

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The class sets itself apart for having 8 women in the Top 10 including valedictorian Rovi Martinez

Dunking ceremony on March 2017 at the PMA

FAST FACTS: Meet the women mistahs

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Republic Act 7192 or the Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 1992 opened the Philippine Military Academy The first batch graduated in 1997

Tense encounter? Duterte, Robredo to attend PMA graduation

Mar 07, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The two officials who don t exactly see eye to eye will inevitably meet at the PMA graduation on Sunday March 12

DDS probe, PMA, Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:33 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Ana Arceo

PMA valedictorian, 7 more topnotchers are women

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 AM

UPDATED Rovi Martinez a native of Cabanatuan City leads the PMA Class Salaknib – one of 8 women in the top 10

VALEDICTORIAN. Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Rovi Martinez is pictured during the announcement of the top 10 of the Class of 2017, at the PMA in Baguio City, March 6, 2017. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

WATCH: Duterte at PMA alumni homecoming 2017

Feb 19, 2017 - 7:49 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte leads this year s PMA alumni homecoming in Baguio City

Dela Rosa on De Lima arrest: She’ll be safe in Camp Crame

Feb 18, 2017 - 3:59 PM

The PNP chief clarifies however that they re still waiting for the court s decision on the case filed against the former justice chief

Duterte to military: I need you in leading the country

Feb 18, 2017 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED In his short speech during the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming President Rodrigo Duterte also talks about the ISIS threat and the need to continue his controversial war on drugs