PNPA valedictorian: Children should not be afraid of ‘pulis’

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Monday, March 31, 2014

THE new officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should continue changing the thinking of young minds that policemen are people they should be afraid of, Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) topnotcher said Monday.

In an interview after the PNPA batch 2014 graduation rites in Camp Castaneda in Silang, Cavite on Monday, class valedictorian Police Cadet Glenn Tabo Santelices said children should not be afraid of policemen, instead, they should think that these group of people are the ones to protect and serve them.

"'Yung mga matatanda ginagawang panakot sa bata, yung mga pulis, gusto kong ituloy 'yung ginagawa ni PNP chief Alan Purisima na dapat ang pulis ay nilalapitan at hindi nilalayuan at kinakatakutan," he said.


Before entering the PNPA, Santelices spent four years inside a seminary, which according to him was his "edge" among other cadets.

Santelices said he was able to apply the strict observance of discipline from the religious institution to the PNPA.

PNPA class 2014 valedictorian also said that knowing how to sacrifice, which he learned from his parents was also something he was able to use inside the academe that helped him make it to the top.

"Hindi naman kami mayaman kaya naturuan ako ng parents ko kung paano magsakripisyo at magpursigi sa buhay. Nakatulong 'yung nang malaki sa akin dito sa loob ng paaralan," he said.

Santelices' father is a policeman while his mother is a plain housewife.

Meanwhile, asked whether he has a girlfriend, Santelices said "no" because he remained focus on his studies inside the police academy.

"Wala kasing time pero ngayon meron na baka magka-chance," he said.

Meanwhile, another member of the Mandilaab class of 2014 was former ramp and print ad model Police Cadet Sophia Loren Deliu who hails from Baguio City.

Deliu said it was just an accident that she took the PNPA entrance exam but still she decided to pursue her schooling in the academy because "maybe God has a purpose."

"I was curious when I entered the PNPA but I have no regrets and I am very much happy," she said.

Deliu said there is a big difference between being a model and being a "woman living in a man's world."

Aside from being a ramp and print ad model in her teenage years, Deliu also joined several beauty contests such as the Ms. Teen Philippines 2006 and Ms. Baguio 2008.

"Nagulat sila 'nung una pero very supportive naman sila sa akin at ginalang nila ang desisyon ko at masaya sila para sa akin," Deliu said when asked about his family's reaction when she entered the academy.

Inside the PNPA, she had to be flexible and be able to adjust with her male classmates as training inside police academy is "never gender sensitive."

Deliu shared that before she entered the PNPA, she was a "permissive civilian," which into a "define individual" after spending four years in the academy.

This year's PNPA graduates include 192 male cadets and 10 female cadets.

Among the 202 newly graduate police inspectors, 187 will acquire position in the PNP, 10 will be part of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and five others will join the Bureau of Fire Protection. (Sunnex)

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