Philippine Military Academy (PMA) First Class Cadet Aldrin Cudia will never be able to graduate from the premiere military school of the land.
Cudia was found by the student committee to have violated the academy’s honor code.
Cheating, lying, and stealing are major honor code violations. Cadets who violate the honor code are forever banned from the academy.
But do these cadets carry with them the honor code into their military or police careers? The answer is NO!
As one former military officer who graduated from the PMA said, the honor code is observed by young officers straight out from the academy.
But by the time they make major or higher rank, the honor code is totally forgotten.
The officer, who is my friend and used to hold a ranking position with the Armed Forces, admitted that several senior military and police officers especially during the Arroyo administration who were PMA graduates were the number one violators of this honor code system.
He cited as example the AFP generals and senior officers who were investigated by the Senate a few years ago for malversation and fund diversion.
One general was imprisoned while the other took his own life before the investigation ended.
A few months later, several generals from the Philippine National Police (PNP) were charged with graft after being found to have used the police funds to buy Euro currency for their pocket money on their trip to Europe. They were later dubbed as the “Euro generals”.
The problem of corruption did not stop there. Last year, a former PNP chief and his senior staff were sent to prison for plunder. They were accused of overpricing the repair and maintenance of several police armored vehicles.
So, do you think these AFP and PNP officers observed and practiced the honor code the academy has taught them?
My source added that if these so-called PMA-produced officers are not involved in stealing, they are into cheating their wives.
Most of these married officers have paramours or “girlfriends” or “kabit”, my source revealed.
So, isn’t this a violation of the honor code?
Let’s not be hypocrites!