PMA welcomes West Point grad as acting superintendent

TURNOVER Brig. Gen. Julius Tomines (left), the new acting superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), receives the Superintendent Saber from outgoing head Lt. Gen. Ferdinand Cartujano in a turnover ceremony on Sunday. —PHOTO COURTESY OF PMA

BAGUIO CITY—A new acting superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will be greeting 350 freshmen cadets during their reception rites tentatively scheduled on July 1.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Julius Tomines, currently the commandant of cadet of the country’s premier military school, accepted the responsibility of acting PMA superintendent from Air Force Lt. Gen. Ferdinand Cartujano in a turnover ceremony officiated by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Andres Centino on Sunday.

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Cartujano, a member of PMA “Maringal” Class of 1988, retired on Sunday when he turned 56 years old.

Tomines, a 1992 graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, credited his predecessor for ensuring that everyone at the PMA was vaccinated given that the coronavirus pandemic still rages for the third year. The academy imposed a lockdown in February 2020 to spare its cadets from COVID-19 infection, which was lifted in March this year.

Vaccines were also made available for convicts who are about to be freed for good behavior. Called “insular prisoners,” these persons deprived of liberty are loaned out to the PMA to serve as handymen and gardeners.

Tomines, who will still serve concurrently as commandant of cadets, will take charge of new cadets who will compose PMA Class of 2026 when they enter Fort Del Pilar here next month. They would be the third set of cadets to be accepted in the academy during the pandemic.

End to hazing

Centino, also a member of the Maringal Class, lauded Cartujano for spearheading measures to stop hazing in the academy.