MANILA - The camp of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday a copy of the Final Investigation Report of the Commission On Human Rights (CHR) on his controversial dismissal, in an effort to bolster his case before the high tribunal.
In a 12-page manifestation, Cudia, represented by his parents Renato and Filipina, and assisted by Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta, pointed out key findings in the report, and stressed the following:
- he (Cadet First Class Cudia) "was given nothing but a sham trial [at the PMA], as members of the investigation team were undoubtedly biased and have conflicts of interest against him;
- the 2014 [PMA] Honor Committee violated the Honor Code when it refused to accept one of its members' "not guilty" verdict on Cudia's case;
- the members of the Honor Committee "lied and cheated when they endeavored to change the 8-1 vote to 9-0" and made it "worse" by doing it through a "highly irregular procedure;"
- the members of the Honor Committee "deliberately withheld the truth" in the minutes of their proceedings;
- the members of the Honor Committee and the Cadet Review and Appeals Board "cheated" when they "refused to cooperate" with the CHR in the latter's probe;
- he (Cudia) "did not lie" in his explanation on why he was tardy in one of his classes - the incident which eventually led to his dismissal and failure to graduate as one of the PMA Siklab Diwa Class.
Cudia's parents have a pending case with the SC. The Cudias are urging the high court to order his reinstatement in the academy and allow him to graduate.