Son of tricycle driver and vendor ranks 3rd in PMA Class 2020

  • Jefferson Yamson Salazar proved that poverty is not a hindrance but a motivation to success
  • He ranked top 3 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Masidlawin” class 2020
  • His father and mother who are living in Zamboanga City are very proud of their son’s success

A son of a tricycle driver and a vendor was ranked top 3 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Masidlawin” class 2020.

Image by PMA

Jefferson Yamson Salazar proved that poverty is not a hindrance but a motivation to succeed.. With his humble beginnings, Jefferson marched along with the 194 fellow graduates.

Jefferson’s parents Jose and Marites couldn’t be any more happy for their son’s success. They said, “Masaya kami at nagtagumpay siya sa kanyang ambisyon.”

The family, who is based in Zamboanga City are beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Jefferson’s father shared how poverty and their experiences during the Zamboanga siege in 2013 had inspired their son to aspire joining the PMA.

“Sana lagi siyang magpakabait. Kung ano siya noon, sana gano’n pa rin ngayon,” he added.

Maritess, who is a vendor selling foods around their neighborhood is also very much proud of her son. She described her son as brilliant being a civil service passer and scholar of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as a college student of Western Mindanao State University taking Bachelor of Science in Physics. She added that Jefferson likes to read books and spends his time at home studying.

Image by Jefferson Salazar via Facebook

Jefferson was also awarded the Secretary of National Defense Saber, the Philippine Navy Saber, the Australian Defense Best Over-all Performance Award and the Mathematics Plaque.

Meanwhile, Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui of Echague, Isabela topped the PMA’s Masidlawin or the Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan Class of 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the graduating class online via Zoom last May 22.

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GMA, Philstar