2017, March 12
Local officials and residents here lauded an unassuming Ilocano cadet from the Philippine Military Academy who ranks top 12 of the graduating 2017 Salaknib Class. A native of Brgy. Mariquet in mountainous Solsona, Ilocos Norte, Cadet first class Gerald dela Cruz is among the 167 PMA graduates who received their military commission from President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Fort Del Pilar ground in Baguio City. Garnering 9.12 or almost perfect 10 general weighted average, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos also congratulated the young dela Cruz for his achievement.