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Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata by PMA alumni

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The alumni association of the Philippine Military Academy 'strongly condemns the boorish behavior and derogatory remarks' of Erwin Tulfo against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista

APOLOGY ACCEPTED. Malacañang says Filipinos should move on from Erwin Tulfo's (left) remarks against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte Youth's Cardema to remain on PMA board of advisers

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

PMA Spokesman Major Rey Afan says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema will keep his seat in the school's board of advisers 'per protocol'

ADVISER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (front, 3rd left) stands as a member of the Philippine Military Academy over a decade after he was dismissed as a cadet. Sourced photo

Malacañang on Erwin Tulfo: He apologized, let's move on

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Though saying it's still on Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista's side, the Palace says it accepts Erwin Tulfo's apology

Photo by Angie de Silva

Dismissed as PMA cadet, Duterte Youth's Cardema now school's adviser

May 31, 2019 - 8:46 PM

He has been named to the Philippine Military Academy board of advisers in his former capacity as National Youth Commission chairperson

ADVISER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (front, 3rd left) stands as a member of the Philippine Military Academy nearly a decade after he was dismissed as a cadet. Sourced photo

'He's the President': Albayalde defends Duterte PMA rape joke

May 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

'He's the President, hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihin sa kanya kung ano ang dapat niyang sabihin at hindi,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, a member of the PMA class of 1986

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte sits out diploma distribution of PMA Class of 2019

May 26, 2019 - 5:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hands out diplomas to only two of 261 Philippine Military Academy cadets during their graduation

SEATED. President Rodrigo Duterte spent most of the diploma distribution sitting. Screengrab from RTVM

Valedictorian of PMA Class 2019 honors mother in her speech

May 26, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Dionne Mae Umalla, 21, delivers a heartfelt valedictory speech, as she recounts the sacrifices of her mother, a retired teacher in Ilocos Sur

The Members 261 cadets of the “Mabalasik” Class of 2019 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

May 26, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes that underclassmen of the Philippine Military Academy committed rape. This is not the first time the President has joked about the serious crime.

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

'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

PMA alumni from Mindanao put out newspaper ad vs Trillanes

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The paid ad in the Inquirer calls on Philippine Military Academy graduates to ostracize Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and oust him from the alum group

LETTER. A Mindanao-based group of Philippine Military Alumni put out a paid advertisement on Friday calling for the ouster of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from the PMA Alumni Association.

WATCH: Woman officer trailblazes gender equality in the Philippine Army

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:57 PM

What does it take for a woman to succeed in the military? What does it take to achieve gender equality in a male-dominated world?

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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

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

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

Air Force sends 1st Filipina pilot for training in the U.S.

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:28 PM

2nd Lieutenant Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales, one of the Philippine Military Academy's top 10 graduates in 2017, has been inspired by the air force's victory during the 2013 Zamboanga siege

AVIATION TRAINING. 2nd Lt. Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales of the Philippine Air Force was one of the 7 females who landed in the top 10 of the Philippine Military Academy graduates in 2017. US Embassy photo

Lorenzana accuses relieved Navy chief of insubordination

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the bids and awards committee recommended the relief of Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado because of disagreements over the P15.5-B project to acquire modern warships

LOSING TRUST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana accuses former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado of insubordination

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

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

#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

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

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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