THE Supreme Court was asked by the camp of former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia to immediately resolve his case and allow him to graduate.
In his Motion for Early Resolution before the High Court, Cudia pleaded before the justices of the SC to rule on his case on the merits in order for him to pursue his studies.
Through his lawyer, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta, it was cited that Cudia is considered as an exceptional student and he cannot move forward with his career unless his case is not resolved at once.
“With every day that passes by, the future of Cadet Cudia—an exceptional student who could be very well be a valuable member of the Philippine Armed Forces—remains at a standstill,” the motion read.
“Thus, without any intent of compulsion and only in pursuances to the higher interest of justice, the petitioner-intervenor most respectfully pleads for the early resolution of the instant case,” it said.
Acosta said “time is of the essence” in Cudia’s case.
Cudia intends to take up law.
He sought mercy from the High Court to include him in the list of graduates of PMA Siklab Diwa Class of 2014, including to be given his diploma and awards and other benefits due a graduating cadet.
It was 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.
Cudia asked the SC to include him in the list of the graduating class of Siklab Diwa PMA Class of 2014 when all the material requirements for his graduation shall have been completed.
He further sought the submission by the PMA Cadet Review and Appeals Board of all the records of the proceedings pertaining to his case.
The complete set of his transcript of records shows that Cudia notched several “100” grades in his Conduct subjects in the PMA and majority of his grades from 1st year to 4th year were in the line of 90s and above.
He pleaded to allow him to graduate, for the PMA Honor Committee to uphold the original 8-1 voting on his case, for the PMA to declare him”not guilty” of violation of its Honor Code and for the PMA to restore Cudia’s benefits as a PMA cadet.