PMA gets new superintendent

Vice Admiral Edgar L. Abogado today assumed as new superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) after brief turn-over ceremonies at the sun dial here.

He underscored the immense responsibility of the position being the head of the military institution which train future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and leaders of the country.

True to his word, many of the former members of the PMA cadet corps, referred at times as the "Long Grey Line," became not only as distinguished officers of the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) but also as national leaders.

Among them is former President Fidel V. Ramos who was a PMA cadet before he entered West Point in the United States of America.

Since l937, even exchange scholar cadets from foreign countries graduated from the institution until PMA was regarded over the years as Asia's premier military school.

The foreign exchange scholars from Asian countries proved they are also capable for the extensive academic and military training here that there was even a time when foreign cadet from Singapore topped the graduating class in the l970's.

Abogado has asked the cooperation and support of the faculty members and cadet corps for him to continue the excellent work of his predecessors.

He would be implementing all the curricular and policies of the academy duly set by authorities similar to the military's chain of command which emanates from the President of the Philippines, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP.

Abogado thanked his predecessor Lieutenant General Ireneo Espino who will always be remembered as the incumbent superintendent when the most number of women, 81, entered as plebes to the academy and who will be among the members of PMA Class 20l7.

It was also during the watch of Espino that 19 female graduates were mostly in the top rank and awardees of the PMA "Pudang Kalis" Class of 2013 who recently received their direct commission as AFP officers with the rank of second lieutenant or ensign.