Barely two months to go, a Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 4th year cadet was told he might not be able to graduate this coming April. Worse, he may be kicked out of our country’s topmost military school.
The reason? He was late being present in his next class for two minutes. Cadet Aldrin Cudia is the salutatorian of the class and is set to become a second lieutenant officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) if he graduates.
Relatives of Cadet Cudia said his professor in the earlier class dismissed Aldrin late. Unfortunately, during the investigation the professor concerned told the inquiry board that he couldn’t recall dismissing Cudia late.
Some days later, according to the Cudia family, the same professor admitted he failed to dismiss Cudia on time so that he could have missed reaching his next class on time.
We see, however, based on the report submitted by the PMA to the AFP Headquarters, that there is more than just being late in class to the reason that Cudia is facing expulsion from the academy.
AFP Spokesperson Ramon Zagala said Cudia could not explain why he was late and is believed to have lied before the Honor Committee of the school.
“Honor is strictly being observed in the academy and the students know that it is one of the rules that must be followed especially if you want to become an officer of the AFP,” Zagala said.
Granting the kid lied, does this mean he will have to attend fourth year all over again in a different school just because of this honor system?
Are you guys saying that all products of the PMA are honest and do not know how to lie?
Wasn’t it that few years ago several generals and senior officers of the AFP were investigated by the Senate for pocketing funds?
For heaven sakes…let the boy graduate!!!.
And if he did lie, just do not let him become a member of the officers corps of the AFP, if you really insist on what you call your honor system, which I doubt is still being adhered to by all of the officers of the AFP.
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Govt inutile in curbing black sand mining
Time and time again we hear residents, especially those in the provinces, complain of unabated black sand mining along their riverbanks or seashores .
The problem has been exposed by the media in the past and the attention of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was called but the problem continues and there seems no respite in black sand mining and no solution to this kind of abuse to the environment.
Black sand is one of the components in the production of metal bars and the main ingredient in gun powder, and is used in many more ways as an industrial and construction supply.
Surprisingly, the DENR has not lifted a finger to stop black sand mining in the countryside. Ironically, most of the mining operators or financiers are Chinese nationals but their workers are mostly locals.
In an interview over Radyo 5 last Wednesday, DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Leo Jasareno said the problem is actually mainly caused by the continuing issuance of a temporary “permit to operate” by local government officials to small scale miners to mine black sand in their own localities.
“But all of this will change once the President signs the directive ordering all local officials to stop the issuance of permits for small scale mining in their jurisdictions,” Jasareno disclosed.
For now, black sand mining , whether with or without permit, continues not only on the riverbanks and shorelines of Northern Luzon but also in several parts of Region 3 such as in Zambales, Bataan, and Mindoro provinces.
Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed, folks. As I have said in the past, this administration is full of talk but lackin or totally zero in action.