Lawmaker: Let Cudia get his diploma

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AN ALUMNUS of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) believes that former cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia should be given his diploma despite being dismissed from the military institution so that he can start a new life as a civilian.

Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon, a PMA alumnus, welcomed the proposal that Cudia should be given his diploma and transcript of records so he can have a new beginning outside of the armed service.

"I would agree to him to get his diploma so that he can start anew but I would advise that he should not anymore stay. Give him the diploma yes, plus his transcript of record so that he can start anew in the civilian life ok?" Biazon said.

Biazon, a former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, said the decision of the Honor Committee of the cadet corps should be respected and upheld despite several criticisms from external forces outside the academy.

"That is the value of the honor system – developing peer pressure, whether you are still in the Academy, or whether they are in the service," Biazon said

The former PMA superintendent also lauded President Benigno Aquino III for not interfering and respecting the decision of the collegial body, which the lawmaker believed is sacred and infallible.

"[The] Honor system still provides something. You cannot measure it. There is no way of measuring it. I am glad that the President did not reverse the findings of the Honor Committee.

Biazon noted that sometime in the mid-1950s, two members of the cadet corps were found violating the Honor Code system but due to some external pressure, they were allowed to graduate but that didn't end there since both of them did not last in the service and "within two or three years they had to resign from the service because of peer pressure."

"The honor system is a cultural tradition specific to the cadet corps and forces of the Philippines. It does not exist in its form anywhere," the Muntinlupa lawmaker said.

Cudia has already left the academy premises in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City last weekend after the graduation of his 222 classmates from the PMA "Siklab Diwa." Cudia said his fight is not over yet since he already raised his case before the Supreme Court.

The honor committee has previously ordered the entire cadet corps to ostracize Cudia following his refusal to resign despite the guilty verdict rendered over him by the collegial body. (Sunnex)

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