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.