Should Cudia have been PMA Salutatorian?

11 March 2014

Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia, who was dismissed from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) but opted to stay and fight its honor system, will not graduate after all.

Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman, confirmed this yesterday after the PMA Cadet Review and Appeals Board (CRAB) upheld the findings of the Honor Committee which recommended Cudia’s dismissal from the academy for violating the Cadet Honor Code.

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The PMA commencement exercises will take place March 16.

“I was informed by the Superintendent, Philippine Military Academy, Maj. Gen. Oscar Lopez, that he has already submitted to the General Headquarters the results of the review of the cadet, review and appeals board (CRAB) as regards the case of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia,” said Tutaan in a press briefing at Camp Gen. Emilio E. Aguinaldo.

Tutaan said the CRAB has looked into all the things as far as the case is concerned and has found regularity in the procedures followed from the time Cudia was reported for violation of the honor code until the time the recommendation for dismissal was made.

As such, he said, the PMA is “reaffirming the first recommendation” for the Cudia’s dismissal.

It will be recalled that AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista has ordered a review of Cudia’s case after his sister, Annvee, posted on Facebook her sentiments regarding her brother’s pending dismissal from the PMA.

Tutaan said the review showed showed that the AFP is observing “due process and the rule of law.”

A second recommendation upholding the dismissal of Cudia, who was a candidate for salutatorian, has been submitted to the AFP chief last March 10.