Jefferson Salazar: Son of Zamboanga trike driver, vendor is PMA’s No.3 in Class of 2020


ZAMBOANGA CITY — A son of a tricycle driver and a street vendor has brought pride and honor to this city after ranking third in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Masidlawin Class of 2020.

Cadet First Class Jefferson Salazar, who hails from Barangay Sta. Catalina here, is the son of Jose Salazar, a tricycle driver, and Marites Salazar, who sells snacks in their village to augment the daily earnings of her husband.

“I am happy and proud of his achievement in the academy. It is his ambition to be a soldier,” Jose said.

“His hobby is reading books. He does self-study at home,” Marites said, citing there are times their son goes to school bringing only his cellular phone and a pen.

The couple said although they wanted to attend the graduation rites of their son on Friday (May 22) but that they were informed ahead that the activity will be closed to the public following the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Before entering the PMA, Jefferson, 25, graduated in Bachelor of Science in Physics at the government-owned Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) as a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Jefferson is the fourth in a brood of seven.

Jefferson is joining the Philippine Navy, according to the report of the Philippine News Agency-Baguio Bureau.

Friday’s graduation of the Masidlawin (“Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2020 was closed to the public, the first in the history of the academy brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. (PNA)