Give Cudia his diploma, PMA urged

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Monday, March 31, 2014


TWO more House members on Monday joined calls for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to release the diploma and school records of dismissed cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia so he can start a new life.

Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe said during a press conference that Cudia has satisfied all the academic requirements and he hopes that the military hierarchy, especially the PMA would stop "making it hard for him to start anew."

Batocabe said that once Congress resumes session in May, he will file a resolution seeking to mandate the cadet corps of the either the PMA or even in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) to release all school records of a dismissed cadet so they can use these to look for a job or pursue further studies.

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"Aking ipinapanukala kung hindi po matatanggap ng PMA bilang alumnus o alumni ang mga nagtapos na ini-expel nila na nakatapos na ng academic requirements, pinakamaganda po dito ay bigyan na lang po ng diploma, bigyan na lang po ng certification of completion ng academic requirements at kahit hindi nila ikomisyon para ito namang mga tao ay magkaroon na ng panibagong buhay," Batocabe said after meeting Cudia and his parents on Monday morning.

President Benigno Aquino III earlier ordered the reinvestigation of Cudia's case but the former cadet said he no longer plans to pursue a military career.

Cudia was dismissed from the military academy for allegedly lying on his tardiness, a violation of the PMA Honor Code.

Cudia's parents, Renato and Filipina, earlier filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to order the PMA to release their son's diploma and restore him to the list of graduates.

Paranaque Representative Gus Tambunting, who also met with Cudia and his parents Monday, said he was shown the petition before the high court and the cadet's records.

"I told his parents that I feel for them as I am a parent, too. I advised him to pray and move on," Tambunting said.

Last week, Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon, a former PMA superintendent, said Cudia should be given his diploma despite being dismissed in the institution so that he can start a new life.

The former senator and Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that though the decision of the Honor Committee of the cadet corps should be respected and upheld despite several criticisms from external forces outside the academy, Cudia should be allowed to get his diploma as part of a humanitarian consideration.

"I would agree to him to get his diploma so that he can start anew but I would advise that he should not anymore stay… Give him the diploma yes, plus his transcript of record so that he can start anew in the civilian life ok?" Biazon said. (Sunnex)

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