PMAers use cadet photos in FB as reminder of code

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Monday, February 24, 2014


FORMER Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Senior Superintendent Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is among the alumni of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) who uploaded their photos as cadets on social networking site Facebook in support of their alma mater and the academy’s Honor Code and the Honor System.

Dela Rosa changed his profile picture on his official Facebook account last February 21, Friday, while Aguilar changed his on Saturday.

Dela Rosa is a graduate of the PMA Sinagtala Class 1986, which he described (in one of his comments) as “the best class PMA has ever produced.”

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Several former PMA cadets flooded the social networking site with their cadet photos including and former head of the 5th Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Col. Mdel M. Aguilar. This, after the PMA was embattled with criticisms following the dismissal of Jeff Aldrin Cudia, a graduating cadet, who allegedly came to class late.

According to the national daily, among the alumni who posted their cadet photos are Armed Forces vice chief of staff Lt. Gen. Alan Luga, Philippine National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, ex-police general and now Pangasinan Representative Leopoldo Bataoil, Retired General Restituto Aguilar, Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato and Major Angelo Guzman of the AFP Public Affairs Office.

The issue of “dismissal from service” first popped out on Facebook after the foster parent of Cudia sought support and reconsideration on the decision.

“I hope they would be fair. This kid worked so hard and endured so much (never cheated) for 4 years to be among the top then for such a flimsy reason, you will deprive him of serving the country?,” wrote Ched Estigoy Arzadon in a Facebook post on February 9.

Cudia is supposed to graduate with honors in March.

However, the PMA said the
dismissal of Cudia is not about coming to class late, but breaking the Honor Code.

"While the Academy recognizes his academic performance, this does not exempt him from strict observance of the Code," according to the statement issued by the academy through Maj Agnes Lynette Flores, chief of its public affairs office.

The Honor Code and the Honor System of the academy provides that “Through the Honor System, the cadet binds himself to the Code which states that: "We, the cadets, do not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among us those who do so."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 24, 2014.

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