SC: No TRO on Cudia's dismissal from PMA

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

MANILA -- Embattled Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia failed to get a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court (SC) that would have stopped his expulsion from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Instead, the SC Third Division ordered the respondents Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PMA to comment on Cudia's petition within 10 days.

The PMA cadet, who was supposed to graduate third in the "Siklab Diwa" Class of 2014, asked the SC to nullify the proceedings done by his peers, citing grave abuse of discretion.

Cudia said the Honor Committee manipulated the result of the voting from 8-1 to 9-0 by pressuring a cadet to cast a vote in favor of his dismissal.

He asked the SC on March 10 to issue a TRO or status quo ante order (SQAO) so that he can join the graduation last Sunday, receive honors and awards, and make him part of the Philippine Navy if he completes the "material requirements" for his baccalaureate degree.

He also wanted the court to stop the cadets from ostracizing him.

Cudia left the Baguio-based academy late Sunday as Major General Crisologo Nayve was tasked by Armed Forces chief General Emmanuel Bautista to study the cadet's case, which stemmed from allegations that he lied on his explanation as to why he was late in one class.

Lying, cheating and stealing are grave violations of the cadet's Honor Code and those who were found guilty in the past had resigned from the Corps of Cadets.

Earlier, Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon backed a proposal that Cudia must receive his diploma and transcript of records so he can start a new life outside the military.

Biazon is a former military chief and PMA superintendent. (Sunnex)

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