Cudia follows protocol upon leaving PMA

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Monday, March 17, 2014

CADET Aldrin Jeff Cudia on Sunday underwent proper exiting protocol upon leaving the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) campus, official said Monday.

Cudia, the controversial cadet who was dismissed for a violation of the Honor Code, accomplished his clearance and voluntarily left the academy after the PMA batch 2014 graduation rites at the Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City last Sunday, PMA spokesperson Major Lynette Flores, said in a text message.

Cudia was dismissed from the academy after he was found guilty for lying about the reason for his being late to his next class.

Lying in an academe known to be strict and disciplined is a major violation to the Honor Code: "one must not lie, cheat, steal nor tolerate those who do."

Flores said PMA officials hoped that Cudia will have a good fate despite what he went through inside the premier military institution.

"Umaasa kami na magiging matatag si Cudia sa pagsisimula ng panibagong kabanata ng kanyang buhay at karera," she said.

Cudia left the PMA, accompanied by his family and lawyer.

Cudia's decision to leave the PMA premises does not mean he is giving up the fight against his dismissal, the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) said.

"No. Every graduating cadet left PMA on Sunday," PAO chief Persida Acosta told Sun.Star in a text message.

Acosta, however, did not respond to a query where the 22-year-old was staying. Cudia hails from Arayat, Pampanga.

Acosta has helped Cudia in appealing his case to the Supreme Court (SC) and President Benigno Benigno Aquino III, who asked the cadet and his family to put their concerns and requests in writing after a meeting on Saturday night, the eve of the graduation.

The appeal would be addressed to Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. (Sunnex)

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