Despite reinvestigation orders for his alleged “Honor Code” violations by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia will not join his class in their March 16 graduation.
“His current status now is administratively discharged and placed on indefinite leave. He is not included anymore in the graduating class,” PMA spokesperson Major Agnes Lynnette Flores said.
Review of Cudia’s case is still ongoing. Cudia was recommended dismissed after being found guilty of violating precepts of the PMA’s Honor Code. The PMA earlier stated that all trainees of the institution are duty bound to adhere to the above-mentioned precepts.
“The development of character and integrity among the cadets is a fundamental objective of the PMA,” Flores stressed. She added that the Honor Code and the “Honor System” are among the primary instruments in attaining this objective.
Flores said this is a unique system, which molds all the cadets to develop themselves into upright leaders of tomorrow.
“Members of the Cadet Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP) are bound by the Honor Code which they swore to uphold. The essence of the Honor Code is that the cadets do not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among them those who do. The Honor Code is absolute and it does not distinguish between the degree of the offense committed. Once they lied, cheated, stole, or tolerated, the commission of these offenses, there is only one punishment – separation,” the PMA public affairs office chief stressed.
“Cadet Cudia’s case is not an issue about being late in class. While it started as a violation of the regulations, which is coming to class late, the findings of the preliminary investigation conducted revealed a possibility of Cadet Cudia violating the Honor Code which led to the opening of formal investigation by the “Honor Committee.” While the Academy recognizes his academic performance, this does not exempt him from strict observance of the Code,” she pointed out. (PNA)
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