Cudia asks High Court to accept CHR probe report

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THE Supreme Court was asked by the camp of former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia to accept the Final Investigation Report of the Commission On Human Rights (CHR) on his controversial dismissal.

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Represented by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Cudia and his parents went to the high court.

The PAO’s 12-page manifestation tried to persuade the high court to allow Cudia to finish his course in the academy since the CHR report favored the student.

PAO Chief Persida Acosta stressed that Cudia “was given nothing but a sham trial [at the PMA], as members of the investigation team were undoubtedly biased and have conflicts of interest against him.”

The PAO argued that the 2014 [PMA] Honor Committee violated the Honor Code when it refused to accept one of its members’ “not guilty” verdict on Cudia’s case.

The PMAer asked the SC to order the grant of appropriate recognition to him.

He further urged the court to include him in the list of the Siklab Diwa PMA Class of 2014 when all the material requirements for his graduation shall have been completed.

Cudia further sought the submission by the PMA Cadet Review and Appeals Board of all the records of the proceedings pertaining to his case.

In fact, he is now contemplating taking up law.

The Manila Times notched a complete set of his transcript of records and it shows that Cudia notched several “100” grades in his Conduct subjects in the PMA and majority of his grades from first year to fourth year were 90 and above.

The Cudia family want the high court to give credence to the findings of the CHR during its fact-finding investigation into the cadet’s case.

This would include the plea to allow Cudia to graduate; for the PMA Honor Committee to uphold the original 8-1 voting on Cudia’s case; for the PMA to declare Cudia “not guilty” of violation of its Honor Code; and for the PMA to restore Cudia’s benefits as a PMA cadet.

The questionable change of vote of one of the members of the Honor Committee to pin down and harass the cadet Cudia was also stated in the petition.

A sworn statement executed by the Head of the Dept Naval Warfare of the PMA, Cmdr. Junjie Tabuada, attested to the fact that Cadet 1st Class Dalton Lagura admitted to him that he (Lagura) changed his “not guilty” vote.

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