Cudia leaves PMA
MANILA – Dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff 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.
PMA spokesperson Major Lynette Flores said Cudia was fetched by his family and lawyer Sunday evening.
Cudia became controversial after he made a public battle against the PMA over his dismissal. He claimed he was unjustly removed from the academy.
Cudia 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 who do."
Cudia went on indefinite leave, refusing to resign and leave Fort del Pilar.
Flores clarified that the PMA did not restrict Cudia's movement, saying it was Cudia's decision to stay inside the PMA premises following his dismissal.
Cudia 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.
The dismissed cadet was not able to graduate with his fellow cadets on Sunday, but his case is not yet closed after President Benigno Aquino III ordered Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to review his appeal once more.
The embattled cadet, who was supposed to graduate third in the Siklab Diwa Class of 2014, has also brought his case to the Supreme Court. – with a report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM