Dismissed PMA cadet leans on CHR report

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


THE parents of former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia maintained on Tuesday that their son was illegally dismissed from the elite learning institution for future soldiers last March.

Spouses Renato and Filipina Cudia told the Supreme Court (SC) in a manifestation that the final investigation report of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) showed the former cadet "was given nothing but a sham trial" by the PMA Honor Committee, which found him guilty of lying on his explanation on why he was late in one class.

Lying is a violation of the PMA Honor Code and it takes a unanimous vote from the committee (9-0) to expel a cadet.

In Cudia's case, the CHR said the committee allegedly forced a member to change his vote and that the members of the investigation team “were undoubtedly biased and have conflicts of interest against him (Cudia).”

The human rights body also accused the committee and Cadet Review and Appeals Board of not cooperating with the investigation.

Cudia left the PMA hours after the graduation of the PMA Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 on March 16. He would have finished third among 222 cadets.

He then appealed his case to the High Court. (Sunnex)

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