Cudia's name not on PMA graduating cadets list?
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Was his absence at the welcome dinners for his Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class earlier in the week an indication that cadet Aldren Jeff Cudia would indeed not be allowed to graduate?
At least 3 sources told Rappler they believe this is the case.
One of the sources, who is privy to the preparations for the March 16 graduation rites, said Cudia's name is not on the diplomas that have been prepared. Two of Cudia's mistahs (PMA classmates), who visited their foster parents over the weekend, said their teachers have told them that Cudia would not be among the Siklab Diwa graduates.
Cadets at Fort del Pilar have been ordered to ostracize Cudia after he supposedly broke the Honor Code of the academy and his family went to social media with it.
Cudia, a candidate for class salutatorian, was ordered dismissed allegedly for having lied about his late dismissal from one class that made him late for the next. (READ: 2 minutes late for class, PMA cadet dismissed?)
"We have long expected that," one of his classmates said, referring to Cudia not joining them in the "long grey line" next Sunday.
"He fought for his case thinking he would have a chance to make it to the top," Cudia's classmate said.
During the welcome dinners for Siklab Diwa class on March 4, only 223 cadets were present. Cudia was the 224th member of the class.
His classmates also confided that there would be only one woman in the Top Ten.
The PMA has refused to confirm the final list of graduates until a press conference scheduled for Monday, March 10. Before this, a fake list circulated online that included Cudia's name.
The Armed Forces is reviewing Cudia's case.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who was in Baguio during the weekend, said he is watching Cudia's case closely. "I am confident that the PMA hierarchy will handle the case fairly under their Honor Code system and I believe that they will solve the case within their system" he said. – Rappler.com