All is not lost for Cadet Cudia - Palace

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2014 06:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2014 02:53 AM

Dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia.

MANILA - All is not lost for dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said there are movements in Cudia's case although there is no update yet from the Office of the President.

President Aquino is now personally reviewing the case of Cudia, she said.

Asked if it is not yet over for Cudia, Valte said: "Yes."

Asked further if there will be a positive development on his case, she said: "Better, I would not be in a position to judge. But certainly there will have to be a closing on this particular issue, necessarily."

"I understand that there has been movement since yesterday. I heard si (Public Attorney's Office) Chief Persida Acosta saying that they are on their way to Baguio for a conference with the Honors Committee, if I am not mistaken. So let's see, kung ano ho iyong mangyayari. But at least from the end of the Office of the President there is no update yet."

Cudia, who would have graduated salutatorian for PMA Class "Siklab Diwa of 2014," was recommended for dismissal from the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines for violating the Honor Code.

The PMA Honors Committee said Cudia lied about why he was late for a class.

PMA spokesperson Major Lynette Flores has told ABS-CBN Baguio "there is a slim chance" that Cudia will be pardoned by the President during slated graduation rites on Sunday.

She said the traditional "Declaration of Pardon," which usually comes after the President's speech during graduation rites, is intended for lower batches and not for members of the graduating batch.

The PMA also said Cudia could be required to reimburse the government the cost for his education amounting to P1.6 million.

Valte said the PMA is entitled to its own Honor Code, which has come under criticism following incidents of corruption in the military.

She also said Cudia is not left without recourse.

"Every institution has the prerogative to adopt a particular Honor Code or at least a set of rules that would govern behavior of people that go through that institution.There has been a decision and the cadet is not left...Cudia is not left without recourse. There are several things that are in play, that are in process. So let's wait for a determination of that," she said.