PMA studies honor code anew

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


FORT DEL PILAR – The Philippine Military Academy honor code has been reviewed by cadets here.

PMA Information chief Major Reynaldo Balido Jr. confirmed workshops on the review of the honor code system of the academy were done to refresh cadets of its importance.

Balido said the workshop was conducted months ago, gathering a multi-sectoral group of stakeholders.

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Balido said the workshop is an offshoot of the issues surrounding former cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia who was found in violation of the sacred code.

Violations of the honor code are based on three basic offenses - lying, cheating and stealing and the code, does not tolerate anyone proven to violate these.

Balido said it is the first time that stakeholders outside the military academy were called to participate in the workshop.
“To be able to get the insights of those outside the PMA,” he explained.

The Honor Code and the Honor System are among the primary instruments in training at the PMA. It is a unique system, which molds all the cadets to develop themselves into upright leaders.

“We wanted to get the insights of the stakeholders, although the code and the system are solely for the PMA,” Balido stressed.

Months ago, the PMA as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines, welcomed the decision of Malacañang upholding the previous ruling dismissing Cudia from the academy.

Despite the Commission on Human Rights formal ruling on Cudia, finding him not guilty of the offenses charged to him by the Academy and recommended he be issued a diploma, the Palace upheld decisions by the AFP and the PMA.

The PMA did not issue a diploma to Cudia despite the academic excellence of Cudia.

In the end, the academy put the Honor code as its highest gauge of character.

Balido said the workshop is part of a series of trainings cadets undergo while in the PMA.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 04, 2014.

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