- Police Cadet Fritz John Vallador is the number one graduate of PNP Academy this year
- He is the son of an OFW in Spain
- He hasn't met his father his whole life
The valedictorian for this year's graduating class of the Philippine National Police Academy is a domestic helper's son from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
He is Police Cadet Fritz John Vallador.
According to ABS-CBN News, his mother works as a domestic helper in Spain and he has not met his father all of his life.
Luckily, he has other people to step up and provide parental guidance.
"Meron naman pong tumayong bagong papa sa akin, kaya it's just normal. Kahit na wala akong tatay, nandito ako sa harapan niyo, nagsumikap at naabot ko ang tugatog ng tagumpay na ito," said Vallador in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Unfortunately, his mother couldn't come home for his big day. In her place stood Vallador's aunt, who raised him since he was a child.
"I'm saddened na hindi makakarating ang aking ina, pero nagpaliwananag naman siya sa akin. Yung tita ko, na nagtayong nanay ko simula grade 5 ako, siya ang maghahalili muna," explained Vallador.
The young cadet will receive the Presidential Kampilan Award and Plaque of Merit from President Rodrigo Duterte.
He came out on top of the 106-member Maragtas Class of 2018.
Their class name stands for Mga Magigiting at Responsableng Alagad ng Batas na Gagabay tungo sa Transpormasyong Alay sa Bayan.
"Kami po ay magsisilbi nang tapat kahit buhay namin ang kapalit," added Vallador.
Among the top 10 graduates this year are two female cadets: Police Cadet Cherry Mae Montaño of General Santos City and Police Cadet Maricar Ansus of Sorsogon City.
The 2018 graduates will be appointed as commissioned officers after their graduation on March 21.
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