AFP tells Cudia: Be patient

By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2014 03:05 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2014 11:05 PM

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it respects the right of the family of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia to seek relief from the courts and make public declarations of their grievances.

However, AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said they are wishing that the camp of Cudia would wait for the result of their investigation into his case.

A new body, the Special Investigation Board, has been tasked to re-investigate the case of Cudia.

"Patuloy pa rin ang imbestigasyon. Nakikiusap kami kung pwedeng hintayin nila ang resulta non. We are seeking for the truth, and we cannot out a time on that. We seek their understanding and patience. Bigyan natin ng pagkakataon," Zagala said.

Cudia's mother, Filipina, today urged the Supreme Court to intervene on the PMA's decision to remove his son from this year's graduating class.

She is also asking the PMA to release her son's diploma so the cadet, who she said now intends to take up law, can pursue his studies.

Cudia was dismissed weeks before graduating for allegedly lying, a violation of the premier military school's Honor Code.

But Cudia's camp insists he did nothing wrong and that some members of the PMA's Honor Committee intended to boot him out of the academy because of rivalry.