• Aquino to PMA grads: Always observe Honor Code

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    BAGUIO CITY: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Sunday encouraged the graduating cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to observe the Honor Code even after they have left the academy.

    Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, said the graduates should continue to be guided by the PMA rules of “honesty, loyalty, and integrity” since it embodies the true meaning of service to their bosses, the Filipino people.

    “If it’s our duty to implement the Honor Code in this institution, then we should also uphold it outside the PMA,” the President said in his speech before the 2014 Class Siklab Diwa, an acronym for Sundalong Ikinararangal ng Lahing Bayani sa Diwang Wagas.

    The code has been under a cloud of controversy after the academy dismissed Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia weeks before the graduation rites.

    Cudia supposedly violated the code by lying about his tardiness in one class.

    The President has ordered Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to investigate the case of Cudia after listening to the cadet’s concerns on Saturday.

    Aquino met Cudia and his family for about two hours at The Mansion, the presidential summer residence in Baguio, on the eve of the academy’s commencement rites.

    “If lying is not allowed in class and to our fellow cadets, then we should also not allow soldiers to deceive their fellow men and break the Constitution?,” he said.

    The President hopes that cadets will apply the principles they learned in the academy not to give in to temptations in the real world.

    “If cheating in exams is strictly prohibited, then we should also avoid corruption such as when procuring military weaponry,” he said.

    “If there’s punishment against cadets who steal from fellow cadets, then help prosecute those who steal public funds,” he added.

    The President mentioned his speech that the government will acquire new military equipment, including at least 20 aircraft.

    He also announced the purchase of 63,000 new rifles to replace the decades-old guns that the country’s soldiers still use.

    CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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    1. It should be a great opportunity and honor for the commander in chief if he had allowed cadet Cudia to graduate for being a compassionate and a forgiving leader using common sense and not being hypocrite and hard headed and based his reasons to seeing a bigger picture of our country of majority poor people having very high employment rate because of lack of government support programs now and even during previous regimes. There is no difference of this case of not helping poor Cudia family to the poor victims of typhoon yolanda that did not get immediate help from the government.

    2. How about asking the Senators and Congressmen to subscribe to the PMA “Honor Code” too?

      • Siony Camacho Bana on

        The speech of the President to the PMA graduating class should be redirected to him because he has used the taxpayers money( Illegal DAP) to suit his personal vendetta vs a sitting CJ Renato Corona impeachment and everyone in the opposition bloc incldg GMA

    3. Cudia should not abandon his appeal,he should prove his innocence,but even if found innocent he should not join the military it may prove to be too dangerous for him.It’s not the end of the world for him,if he is truly intelligent and a good person he will find redemption somewhere.

    4. Siony Camacho Bana on

      Mr. President , the eight member who coerced one member to vote for Cudia’s disqualification did not observe the honor code themselves.

    5. Siony Camacho Bana on

      The fact that the 8 member committee coerced one member of the honor code committee’s to vote( who did not find Cudia has lied) to disqualify him of his stellar accomplishments is atypical form of corruption of integrity of a person (character assassination) and is a very serious violation by the PMA denying Cudia the Magna Carta students right to due process. Had he been a son of a general or son of rich elite , and influential politicians , they will treat it differently