VICE President Jejomar Binay will be the guest of honor and speaker at the Philippine National Police Academy’s 35th Grand Alumni Homecoming at the PNPA grounds in Silang, Cavite, on Saturday.
After the event, the Vice President will proceed to San Fernando, La Union, where he will meet with local officials and residents at Don Pacoy Ortega Cultural and Sports Center in Barangay Catbangen.
The PNPA is the country’s premier training institution for police officers.
It will celebrate its homecoming in the midst of controversy caused by the brutal killing of some alumni officers who served as Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in a clash with combatants from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on January 25.
Retired Gen. Tomas Rentoy 3rd, chairman of the PNP Academy Alumni Association Inc., said the homecoming will not be just a social gathering but an occasion to pay special tribute to the “Fallen 44.”
Rentoy added that the PNPA alumni will “adopt” the families of the SAF heroes not just to extend sympathy but also to sincerely look after their general welfare, like facilitating the processing of their privileges and benefits.
To be raised with the alumni association’s Board of Trustees, according to him, is the issue involving Senior Supt. Jerome Baxinela, a PNP Academy Chapter president at the national police headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City, who was confirmed to have asked fellow alumni to boycott the march called “Walk with the Widows, Run for the Heroes” on March 8.
Rentoy revealed that when he confronted Baxinela to verify if he indeed texted other alumni to boycott the march, the latter said what he issued was “not a command but an advice,” which echoed suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima’s reply to a question as to why he was still giving orders to SAF officers when he was already suspended by the Ombudsman for graft cases.
Baxinela’s case will be elevated to the alumni association’s Ethics Committee for proper hearing and judgment, he said.