By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo has a new portrait painting she could probably start a small collection with.
This, after she received, for the second time, an artwork from the graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).
In a Twitter post, Robredo said Cadet 3CL Thomas Zen Cheung of Sansiklab Class of 2019 presented her with her portrait, which she described as “wonderful.”
The artwork is a 20×30 oil painting, featuring Robredo, the Office of the Vice President’s seal, and the scales of justice.
The Vice President attended the 40th commencement exercises for the 201 PNPA members held at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on Friday.
Of this number, 138 joined the Philippine National Police (PNP), 22 the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and 41 the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Cheung gave the painting to Robredo before their graduation rites. He is a member of the PNPA Council of Artists.
“Received another wonderful portrait from the PNPA Council of Artists at the sidelines of this morning’s graduation.
Many thanks to Cadet 3CL Thomas Zen Cheung for this gift,” Robredo tweeted.
Before the ceremony, she also met with the top 10 members of PNPA Sansiklab Class, as well as those who hail from Bicol, her home province.
In a Facebook post, Robredo said she was very proud that six female graduates were among the best in their class, including class salutatorian and now Insp. Merriefin Longcob Carisusa.
Carisusa, a native of Cebu, received the Vice Presidential Kampilan Award from Robredo.
“I wish each of our new officers all the best, as we pin our hopes on them to serve and protect our people, with excellence, courage, integrity, and respect for the Constitution and human rights,” she said.