When it rains, it pours for now Police Cadet Fritz John Vallador, of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, the topnotcher of the Philippine National Police Academy “Maragtas” Class of 2018.
Vallador, 24,will receive a house and lot , through the effort of former Senate president Manny Villar, as announced by the master of ceremony during the graduation rites of PNPA held in Silang, Cavite.
The real estate property is located in Bacolod City.
He also earned his commission in the PNP with the rank of Police Inspector, with a basic monthly salary of P32,341.
Vallador also received the Presidential Kampilan Award, a plaque of merit and a Jericho 9mm pistol from President Duterte.
Vallador and 105 other cadets were conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.
The son of a domestic helper, Vallador said earlier that he is joining the elite Special Action Force (SAF) of the PNP.
Navy Ensign Jaywardene Hontoria, of Pavia, Iloilo, who also topped the Philippine Military Academy Class 2018 graduates, also received a house and lot unit from President Duterte.
Out of the 106 cadets, 76 are joining the PNP, 13 will serve in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and 17 in the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Duterte, in his speech, urged the PNPA graduates to perform their duties in accordance with the law and assured anew that he would protect them should they encounter problems in the fulfillment of duty.
“Just perform your duty in accordance with the law, trabaho kayo (just work) and if there are events that will occur, intended or not intended, for as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid,” Duterte told the graduates.
“Just do it. And if you have to kill because you are in danger of losing your life, unahan mo na, patayin mo na (kill them before they kill you) and I will take care of you. Ilang beses ko na sinasabi yan (How many times have I said that),” he added.
Duterte lamented how his critics, particularly human rights groups, seemingly placed policemen and soldiers in parity with criminals.
“ Itong mga (These) bleeding hearts human rights (groups), they are bringing up the issue in parity,” Duterte said.
He also took a swipe at the International Criminal Court (ICC) anew for starting a preliminary examination on the alleged human rights violations in connection with the government's anti-narcotics campaign.
Duterte said the ICC failed to take notice of the thousands of policemen who have also died while in the performance of their duty.
“That’s why I lost so many men. Itong mga (These) human rights (groups), ang akala nila lahat namatay (they think all have died)…well, how about my policemen?” Duterte said.*GPB/PNA
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