Even without the guidance of a biological father and a mother who was forced to work overseas, police cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador proved that each person can be successful if perseverance and passion took over.
“Even if I didn’t have my [biological] father with me, I am here in front of all of you. I persevered even without a father. I became successful,” he said.
Vallador finished his schooling with flying colors as he topped his class at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) this year.
As valedictorian, he will be receiving the Presidential Kampilan Award of Merit from President Rodrigo Duterte on March 21 at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Cavite.
He belongs to class Maragtas, which stands for “Magiting at Responsableng Alagad ng Batas na Gagabay sa Transpormasyong Alay sa Bayang Sinilangan.”
Vallador revealed to reporters that his journey in the PNPA was in preparation for his dream to uphold and promote the law, stressing he is now ready to be deployed to any part of the country.
He also said that even though his mother, who works in Spain, could not attend his graduation, he hoped the latter could watch his media interview. Vallador said he will be accompanied by his aunt at the ceremony.
Subsequently, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa presented Vallador and others in the Top 10 to the media in Camp Crame on March 12.
Others in the Top 10 are police cadets Francis Pang-ay Fagkang of Sadanga from Mountain Province; Jess Torres Agustin of Kabayan, Benguet; Jesstony Fabro Asanion of Santa Cruz, Zambales; Christian Villacarlos Juego of Dasmariñas City, Cavite; Stephen Torrevillas Abrica of Cebu City; jail cadet Arjay Marcaida Cuasay of Parañaque City, and fire cadet Myrick Aquino Paldingan of Mankayan, Benguet.
Two female cadets also entered the Top 10: police cadets Cherry Mae Lumogda Montaño of General Santos City, and Maricar Sison Ansus of Sorsogon City.
“Many still look at women as being unable to do what men do. But the two of us proved that we can still excel in a profession dominated by men,” Montaño said.
The Maragtas Class is composed of 79 male and 27 female graduates.