Cadet Gerald P. Dela Cruz of Solsona, Ilocos Norte ranked 12th among the 167 new graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2017, Salaknib.
Dela Cruz, who hails from Barangay Mariket, of said town, paid a courtesy call on Gov. Imee Marcos at the provincial capitol in Laoag City yesterday, March 29.
Dela Cruz said he chose to join the Philippine Navy over the Army or Airforce, of which his other members of the family are serving right now. He has the rank of Philippine Navy Ensign, equivalent to second lieutenant in the Army.
As a ranking PMA graduate, he encouraged his fellow Ilocano youth to exert more effort in studying and not to take it for granted.
His batch 2017 was historic as it was dominated by female top-notchers, with only two male cadets in the Top 10. (IS with report from Ma. Christian A. Ramos, PGIN-CMO)