President Duterte gives PMA, PNPA top graduates worth P2 million house and lot each

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To add flavor to the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy’s (PMA) Masidlawin Class of 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte will give a house and lot to the class valedictorians.

The President announced during the simultaneous commencement exercises of the PMA and PNPA on Friday, that both Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui and Fire Cadet Lei Anne Banico Palermo will receive the worth P2 million house and lot each.

“Let me add a flavor to the guys that are—the… maybe you’d do more for the country. This is just a challenge. The following certificates from the Office of the President were awarded to the recipients in the program earlier this afternoon,” Duterte said

“The certificate of ownership of house and lot for the class valedictorian, a house and lot, P2 million from the Vista Land company of Manny Villar,” he added

Sugui, who was from Echague, Isabela, earlier earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Economics from the University of the Philippines Baguio topped this year’s PMA class.

On the other hand, Palermo originated from Zamboanga City, topped PNPA’s 2020 class. She is said to be joining the Bureau of Fire Protection.

“These are the beneficiaries of the house and lot. So puro babae. ‘Yung boyfriend na katabi mo, senyasan mo na hindi sila pwede pumasok ng bahay na lasing, nagloloko, nagbabae, this will be — sabihin mo — akin ito at huwag kag palaboy-laboy diyan (They’re both girls. Tell your boyfriend that they cannot enter the house if they’re drunk, cheating, womanizing, because it’s yours and they can’t stick around there),” the president said

Meanwhile, the class “goat,” or the cadet who graduated last in the list, received a gun certificate for a Rock Island Armory .45-caliber pistol with three magazines.

A class “goat” refers to the last cadet on the list of graduates. Instead of ridicule, a goat is accorded respect for striving to beat all odds and graduate along with the rest of the class.

For the first time, President Duterte was not able to attend the simultaneous graduation rites due to the quarantine measured brought about by the coronavirus.

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