VIRAL: PMA alumni post cadet photos on Facebook
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) — If you're friends with alumni of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), you'd notice. They've flooded Facebook with their photos as cadets – apparently in support of their embattled alma mater and their revered Honor Code.
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 and ex-police general and now Pangasinan Representative Leopoldo Bataoil.
The military school's secretive systems and processes have come under fire as the family of a dismissed cadet accused the academy of unfair treatment.
It started on Facebook, after all.
The family of Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia posted on Facebook the "trivial matter" that caused his dismissal from the academy. He was 2 minutes late for class, they said. (READ: 2 minutes late for class, PMA cadet dismissed?)
But PMA alumni said the story is "deeper." Cudia was expected to "resign honorably" for supposedly violating the Honor Code which states that cadets should not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those among them who do so. (READ: PMA: It's not about the cadet being late)
He is fighting his dismissal. At least one PMA alumnus, a former member of the PMA Honor Committee, is openly supporting Cudia through Facebook posts and the filing of a case against committee members.
Armed Forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista also ordered a reinvestigation of his case. (READ: PMA cadets fights back, gets support)
The Honor Code binds alumni together. They are very protective of it.
"Civilians will never understand," they told us in interviews. (READ: PMA cadet dismissed?)
The Honor Committee that implements the code is composed entirely of PMA students. What they discuss and the processes they execute are completely confidential even to the PMA command – unless complaints are raised, which was what happened in Cudia's case. — Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com