PNoy: Cudia case must lead to reforms

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2014 05:24 PM | Updated as of Apr 01 2014 01:24 AM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino has asked the military to review the investigation report it submitted to the commander-in-chief in connection with the appeal of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Jeff Cudia.

"Nabasa ko na iyong initial nilang report dito. Ipinadali ko, sabi ko 'give it to me in a whole week's time.' Merong mga points na hindi natalakay doon sa kanilang investigation report," he said on Monday.

Aquino said Cudia's case must lead to reforms in the institution.

This, after he read the initial investigation report of the AFP on Cudia's appeal.

"I reiterated that to (AFP chief of staff General Emmanuel) Bautista na kailangan itong mga points na nakita natin sa pag-interview kay Cadet Cudia and others including the PMA hierarchy, may mga kailangang i-ayos sa sistema at dapat parang bigyan ninyo ako ng roadmap na ia-ayos itong mga nakita nating may mga kailangang paigtingin o pagbutihin sa palakad dito sa PMA," Aquino said.

Cudia has taken his battle to the Supreme Court although he has left the PMA.

He wants to be allowed to graduate.

Cudia and his family sought an audience with Aquino before the PMA graduation but he was still not allowed to graduate.

Cudia was dismissed after the PMA Honor Committee found him guilty of violating the honor code when he allegedly lied about being late to his class.