MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on Tuesday, March 11, upheld the dismissal of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia. The Honor Committee declared him guilty of violating the PMA Honor Code when he lied about the reason he was late for class in November 2013.
The PMA noted that Cudia failed to present new evidence to argue his case. They denied his request to extend his March 4 deadline.
This is a document that Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta sent to Rappler Tuesday night. She slammed the PMA for issuing a ruling without waiting for Cudia’s appeal. A gag order inside the academy supposedly made it difficult for Cudia to get the necessary evidence he would need to present his case.
In the document, Cudia details how the voting of the Honor Committee was supposedly rigged and how his own teacher said his explanation for his tardiness was not a lie. (READ: Cadet forced to vote vs Cudia, says witness)
Acosta said the PMA should consider Cudia’s new evidence against the Honor Committee. She said she will furnish Malacañang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines copies of this document.
Cudia was supposed to be part of the 2014 class that is graduating this Sunday, March 16. He was gunning to be class salutatorian and was on top of his Navy class, according to his family. (READ: Farmer’s son is PMA valedictorian)