MANILA - The family of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia is bringing the fight for Cudia's diploma all the way to the Supreme Court.
Cudia's parents said they are set to file a petition in intervention before the Supreme Court on Tuesday that will set aside the PMA Honor Committee's decision to dismiss him from the academy.
"Maghahain tayo ng petition in intervention sa SC para ikonsidera ang college degree at balewalain ang desisyon ng honor committee in support sa petition for certiorari and mandamus," Atty. Howard Areza of the Public Attorney's Office said.
Parents of the dismissed cadet said they kept silent about Cudia's case for more than a week after talking to President Aquino.
Cudia was dismissed by the PMA for violating the academy’s Honor Code after he allegedly lied about why he reported late by two minutes for a class. Cudia, however, claimed the voting of the Honor Committee that led to his dismissal was rigged.
Cudia left the PMA last March 16 after he was disallowed from marching with fellow PMA graduates.
Cudia's father, Renato, said their family kept silent about the matter after they talked to President Aquino last March 15. He said his son cannot move on since his case has not been resolved.
"Humingi po siya (Aquino) ng isang linggo upang gawan ng solusyon ang problema at concern namin ngunit wala pong nangyari. Papaano po magagawa ni Cadet Cudia mag-move -on ni makapag-enroll ay nahihirapan dahil binigyan siya ng indefinite leave kaya ano po aming gagawin? Walang honorable dismissal, walang diploma," he said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has formed a new body to re-investigate Cudia's case.
Meanwhile, Cudia's family also showed the cadet's transcript of records. The transcript showed Cudia getting a grade of 100 for Conduct at least five times.
Cudia's mother said the PMA Honor Committee abused their power by condemning their son to not graduating from the academy.
Cudia's sister also lamented that the PMA will be asking their family to pay for Cudia's four-year tuition, amounting to nearly P2 million.
"Alam nilang mahirap lang kami tapos sisingilin pa kami ng P2 million. Kahit pagsama-samahin po ang mga appliances namin sa bahay, hindi po kaya namin bayaran," she said. Report by Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News