SILANG, Cavite: Let not peace be a casualty of the Mamasapano tragedy.
This was the appeal made on Thursday by Inspector Dennis Yuson Jr., this year’s topnotcher at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in his valedictory speech.
Yuson Jr. admitted that the deadly clash that claimed the lives of 44 elite police troopers challenged their will to continue their path as policemen.
Six of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province were PNPA graduates, including the class baron on class 2009 Chief Inspector John Gary Erana.
But Yuson said the botched police operation does not deter them from serving the country.
“Malapit man sa peligro, hindi takot ang nanaig sa amin kundi ang pag-aalab na magsisilbi sa bayan. Ang trahedyang ito ay hindi magiging hadlang sa hangaring makamit natin ang kapayapaan,” he said.
The 23-year-old pointed out that resorting to violent means and armed conflict will not help the country in attaining peace.
“Ito ay ipinaglalaban ngunit hindi sa labanang armado bagkus isinusulong sa usaping pangkapayapaan,” he said.
Although President Benigno Aquino 3rd was roundly criticized for his response to the Mamasapano debacle, Yuson said he looks up to Aquino as a model of integrity and outstanding public service.
Before joining the police academy, Yuson, a son of a police inspector assigned in Sultan Kudarat, took up Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Aside from him, 245 cadets will be commissioned as police inspectors. Majority of the graduates will serve at the PNP while others will be assigned at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.