Cebuano cadet finishes in top 8 of PNPA
(The Freeman) - May 30, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  A 22-year-old native of Cebu City was among the top 10 cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class of 2020.

Police Lieutenant Jose Leander Reyes Velasquez, who hails from Barangay T. Padilla in Cebu City, graduated eight in his class.

Velasquez copped the eighth place ranking in the PNPA Bachelor of Science in Public Safety-Mandayug (Mga Alagad Ng batas na may Diwa at simbolo ng bagong Araw na Yumayakap at Umaagapay sa Ginintuang Lahi) Class of 2020.

He said it was his childhood dream of becoming a policeman just like his father, retired Police Captain Vicente Velayo Velasquez.

Velasquez initially took up Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus in 2013.

But on his fourth year in college, he shifted gears and took the PNPA Cadet Admission Test.

“The opportunity was there. I was thinking there’s nothing to lose if I try it out,” he said.

In his four years at the academy, the training instilled in him a high sense of discipline.

“My journey inside the academy was very transformative,” he said.

Velasquez said his father; his mother, Juliet; and his brother, Patrolman Erwin Velasquez of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion in Central Visayas, inspired him to work harder in order to reach his lifelong dream.

Moreover, he advised aspiring cadets to stay strong and determined.

“The journey is not easy, but it’s going to be worth it. If they feel like quitting, they should remember why they started,” he said.

To graduate with flying colors, he said, cadets should strive for excellence.

“Never settle for mediocrity and always aim for excellence,” he said.

But as mass gatherings are banned because of the coronavirus disease 2019, the cadets’ families and friends were banned from witnessing their graduation in person.

On May 22, President Rodrigo Duterte officially inducted 274 cadets during the simultaneous virtual graduation rites of the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy.  Contributed/KQD (FREEMAN)

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