PNoy personally studying Cudia's appeal

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2014 02:46 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2014 12:22 AM

Palace’s decision will be out before PMA’s grad rites

MANILA (UPDATED) – President Aquino is now studying the appeal of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia.

Communications Sonny Coloma said, “Kanina lang po ay nandoon ako sa tanggapan ng Pangulo at sinabi niyang pinag-aaralan niya ‘yung appeal.”

Coloma believes a decision will be out before Sunday, or before the graduation rites of the 2014 Siklab Diwa batch. “It is reasonable to expect na isa ‘yan sa mga factors na tinitingnan, the timeliness of the decision.”

Asked if the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be considered, Coloma said, “Lahat po ng mga relevant considerations ay isasaalang-alang ng ating Pangulo.”

Cudia was excluded from the list of those who will graduate from the PMA this Sunday after he was found guilty of violating the Honor Code over an incident of tardiness.

The AFP affirmed his dismissal days ago.

Cudia’s case has been the subject of a public campaign by his family.

Administration critics cited instances where AFP officials have violated that honor code later on in their careers.

Coloma said truth and fairness will be the deciding guideposts in deciding the case.

He emphasized, however, that the PMA’s Honor Code is meant to prepare and fortify the mindset of future AFP members that will be tested in the battlefield. The Honor Code says that “one must not lie, cheat, steal nor tolerate those who do.”

“The PMA Honor Code is an essential building block on the character formation of future leaders and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Its basic objective is to prepare and fortify the mindset and the value set of the prospective Armed Forces officer as these will eventually be put to a severe test in the battlefield and arenas of conflict, where the officer will be deployed upon commissioning. Truth and fairness are the primary guideposts in deciding this appeal,” he said.