SC turns down Cudia’s petition

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THE Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the petition filed by Cadet First Class Jeff Aldrin Cudia to stop his dismissal from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

The High Court’s Third Division denied the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO), which could have allowed Cudia to be included in this year’s list of graduates.

In denying the petition, the Supreme Court ordered respondents Armed Forces of the Philippines and PMA to lodge their explanation on Cudia’s petition.

The respondents were given 10 days to comment on the same and they shall be represented by the Office of the Solicitor General.


In a petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus before the Supreme Court, Cudia pleaded to issue a TRO or a status quo ante order against the PMA which could have allowed him to join the commencement exercises last Sunday.

Cudia also sought the SC intervention to give him the honors and awards he deserves. “[Prayer to] Include 1st Class Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia in the list of graduating class of Siklab Diwa 2014 if all the material requirements for his baccalaureate degree have been completed in time for 16 March 2014 commencement exercises,” it avers.

He also prayed to the SC “ to Commission Cadet Aldrin Jef Cudia as the new ensign of the Philippine Navy if all the material requirements for his baccalaureate degree have been completed in time for 16 March 2014 Commencement exercises.”

Cudia further asked the court to stop all the cadets from ostracizing him.

The petition also sought to compel the Honor Committee to submit to the PMA Cadet’s Review and Appeals Board all the records of the proceedings done against Cudia.

It also asked to allow Cudia a right to counsel who could actively participate into the proceedings and allow them to cross examine the documents and confront the witnesses against him.

Finally, it is also prayed “to issue a writ of certiorari declaring the proceedings done by the Honor Committee as ultra vires and nuland void as an exercise of gave abuse of discretion.”

Cudia was expelled for lying after coming late to class.

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  1. Siony Camacho Bana on

    Hypothetically if this new PMA cadet are actually in the battlefield battling against the enemy and one of them were caught and others were hiding and the enemy asked ,where are the others and they constantly grills them with questions and accusation , threatening they will be killed if they don’t tell the enemy where they are hiding, If this new cadet carry the motto not to lie , and think of themselves first cuz they’re afraid to die on the hands of the enemy, Cadet Llona and the rest (sticking to their honor code not to lie) will disclose the location of other soldiers who were hiding.In that case, rather feel secure with cadet Cudia because of his intelligence and common sense ( sharp disposition) ,unafraid to protect his comrades from the hands of the enemy. That’s honorable thing to do, protect others before oneself.

  2. Siony Camacho Bana on

    My question to the member of the honor committee ( specifically to the 8 members) has anyone of them never had committed any form of lying in their lifetime, if they said never or no, they are definitely lying and they are not normal human being.As a child or adult when you see your siblings or your peers being punished and abused for something uncalled for or unjust, anyone with a good disposition will protect (called beneficlal lie) just like one of the member did, when he voted not to disqualify Cudia as he finds their action harsh and unjustified. When Cudia was late for two minutes to his class only once (not habitually late in class and stated he was dismissed late ,actually he was late cuz he was asked by his professor to wait after class to talk to him , for doing so his decision not to disclose his meeting with the professor is to protect his privacy which as a human being any person has to be respected for his personal decision and that is considered healthy and not harming anybody nor the institution , the PMA. If a cadet is found to be a compulsive liar or a pathological liar then it is justified for punishment but what Cudia did was normal .