Badjao Graduates as Salutatorian from PNPA, Other Mindanaoans Dominate Top 10

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It is definitely the season for the Mindanaoans – for not only does the Philippines have Mindanaoans as President, Chief of Police, and other high ranks in public office, other Mindanaoans are also shining in their various fields.

For example, the top 10 graduates for the Philippine National Police Academy’s (PNPA) Masidlak Class of 2017 is led by valedictorian, Cadet Macdum Enca who hails from Cotabato province in central Mindanao.

But Enca is not the lone Mindanaoan at the top of the class for there are six others with him on Masidlak’s top 10!

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In fact, the salutatorian has called the attention of netizens, not only because Midzfar Hamis Omar is also from Mindanao but because he’s a Badjao, a tribe of people from down south who have become infamous as beggars at piers and ports around the country as well as in the streets! So, it really was awesome that a Badjao would graduate from PNPA and be Top #2 in the class of 144 cadets.

“Only through education that Badjaos can show that we are not inferior; that we, too, can excel,” Omar told PhilNews.

Here are the top 10 of Masidlak Class of 2017:

Top 1: Macdum Darping Enca – Cotabato

Top 2: Midzfar Hamis Omar – Tawi-Tawi

Top 3: Jan Ace Elcid Pascua Layug – Tondo Manila.

Top 4: Jual Paulo Alday Porciuncula – Sta. Maria Bulacan

Top 5: Harley Glenn Bacarro Galpo – Cagayan de Oro City

Top 6: Sailani Bacarat Armama – Cagayan de Oro City

Top 7: Michael Salendab Daunotan – Sultan Kudarat

Top 8: Ian Rey Canen Diolanto – Polomolok, South Cotabato

Top 9: Michael John Suniega Sentinta – Isulan Sultan Kudarat

Top 10: Maysy Villaflor Cataquiz – Quezon

The batch started with 365 cadets but only 144 managed to finish the course; 22 of the graduating students are female and one was able to make it to the top 10.

From this batch’s top 10, two will join the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), two will be in the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and six will join the Philippine National Police (PNP).