BAGUIO CITY: Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia, the honor student who was dismissed for supposedly lying, is not graduating from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on Sunday.
In an official statement released on Saturday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Cudia “will not graduate tomorrow, without prejudice to whatever will be the result of their new appeal, which is now elevated to the CSAFP whom the President directed to investigate.”
Gazmin said President Benigno Aquino 3rd met with the family of Cudia on Saturday and “heard them out.”
“They had appeals, requests, and also raised some issues. We made sure that they were given the opportunity to air their side,” he said.
“We recommended that they formalize their appeal, requests, and other concerns in writing,” he added.
Cudia, who would have graduated salutatorian for PMA Class “Siklab Diwa of 2014”, was recommended for dismissal from the Cadet Corps for violating the honor code for lying about why he was late for a class.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE