Cadet corps launches ‘pass the hat’ for Aviles

MEMBERS of the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP) launched ‘pass the hat’ to gather financial support for the family of their fellow member, Cadet First Class Alfonso Aviles, who bravely tried to foil a robbery hold up in a passenger jeep last week in Fairview, Quezon City.

“Pass the Hat” is an existing tradition in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) wherein cadets voluntarily contribute money for a purpose, normally to help fellows in need.

This tradition can be seen usually when the cadets are in a bus ride; a hat is passed around to collect tip for the driver.

The PMA Command through its Superintendent, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Peralta Jr. on the other hand, has assured the family of Cadet Aviles assistance particularly the expenses for his medical requirement.

The PMA community is also praying fervently for the speedy recovery of Aviles who is now on the seventh day after a successful operation last week.

They are closely facilitating Aviles’ medical needs while providing continuous moral support to his family.

In fact, a day after the incident, the PMA Superintendent together with the Commandant of Cadets, BGen Carlos Quita, along with other officers organic to PMA, came to visit Cadet Aviles in the Intensive Care Unit of the AFP Medical Center.

Twenty-three year-old Aviles who is expected to graduate on March 2013 is still under close monitoring following his successful operation, Saturday night.

He demonstrated improvements as manifested by his eye responses as well as slight movements of both arms and legs.

Vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature have consistently been stable.

He is currently being monitored and is expected to remain in the intensive care unit of the AFP Medical Center for at least one week.

Meanwhile, the AFP leadership joined the family and friends of Cadet Aviles in praying for his fast recovery.

Even though the incident was unfortunate and unwarranted, the AFP lauded the selflessness of Aviles in helping people in need even in the face of danger.

AFP Chief of Staff, General Jessie Dellosa said that Aviles’ selfless deed is an example of how cadets and soldiers are imbued with the urgency to help others.

“Cadet Aviles is just one of the many dedicated and committed soldiers of the AFP who risk their lives every day so that others may live in a peaceful and secure environment,” he said.

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