Cudia family appeals PMA decision

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


THE family of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia went to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) national headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday to appeal his controversial dismissal from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) for violation of the Honor Code.

Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Precida Acosta who accompanied the family said they submitted an appeal to the AFP to hopefully reverse the decision of the PMA appeal and review board regarding the case of Cudia.

Cudia will not be able to join the PMA graduation ceremonies on March 16, after the review and appeal board finalized its decision to remove him from the academy.

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On Wednesday, Renato Cudia, the cadet's father, together with his mother, sister and Acosta went to the AFP general headquarters and submitted an appeal memorandum dated March 11, 2014 to seek a re-trial of the case.

Acosta said that together with the appeal they submitted, is the newly discovered evidence, which will prove that Cudia should be acquitted instead of being dismissed from the military-run institution.

The PAO chief said she is confident that Cudia will be able to reap the fruits of his four years of labor inside the military academy.

Acosta said that if ever the AFP's decision will not be in favor of them, they might elevate the case in court.

Cudia was dismissed after allegedly lying as to why he was late for a class. Lying in an academe known to be strict and disciplined is a major violation to the Honor Code: "one must not lie, cheat, steal nor tolerate those who do."

Meanwhile, Cudia's father said they will continue to fight for justice.

"Ipinagdadasal namin sa Diyos na makita na namin ang bukang liwayway.
Dahil nakikita naman ng Diyos ang aming pagpupursigi at ang mga
paghihirap ng aking anak," he said.

Cudia is currently staying inside a holding center in the PMA waiting developments if he would be allowed to join PMA class 2014 graduation on Sunday, March 16. (Sunnex)

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