MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has formed a new body tasked to re-investigate the case of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia.
AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the body is composed of representatives from the offices of the AFP Inspector General, Provost Marshall, Judge Advocate General (JAGO), and Ethical Standards and Public Accountability (OESPA).
The team is led by Major General Crisologo Nayve, deputy chief of Staff for Communication, Electronics and Information Systems.
Zagala said members of the newly formed body is now at the PMA to start the re-investigation.
Zagala assured the public that the probe will be fair, even as some former and current military officials have voiced their support for the upholding of the Honor Code, which Cudia allegedly violated.
Cudia left the compound of the country's premiere military academy on Sunday after failing to march with fellow cadets during the graduation rites that same day.
The cadet became controversial after he waged a public battle against the PMA over his dismissal. He claimed he was unjustly removed from the academy.
He refused to recognize the decision of the Honor Committee that found him guilty of violating the Honor Code, which states that cadets should not "lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those among us who do."
He was dismissed for allegedly lying about the reason he came late for a class. He, however, said he never lied and that the voting of the Honor Committee that led to his dismissal was rigged.
He went on indefinite leave, refusing to resign and leave Fort del Pilar, his home for four years.
Following a talk with Cudia and his family, President Benigno Aquino III ordered AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to review the cadet's appeal once more.
Cudia, who was supposed to graduate third in the PMA Siklab Diwa Class of 2014, has also brought his case to the Supreme Court. – with a report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM