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AFP chief orders PMA to re-investigate case of cadet recommended dismissed for being 2 minutes late

Posted On 2014 Feb 19
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President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by outgoing Army Chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, inspects the troops during the Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at the PA Grandstand in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday (February 7). Major General Hernando Iriberri, the 56th PA Commanding General replacing Coballes, is the commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division (ID) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by outgoing Army Chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, inspects the troops during the Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at the PA Grandstand in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday (February 7). Major General Hernando Iriberri, the 56th PA Commanding General replacing Coballes, is the commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division (ID) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 19 (Mabuhay) — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Wednesday has ordered the re-investigation on the case of a cadet who was recommended dismissed from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) after being allegedly found guilty of violating the “honor code.”

“It has reached the attention of the chief-of-staff and he has ordered a reinvestigation,” AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.

This was after the PMA honor committee forwarded the results of its investigation to then Academy head Vice Admiral Edgar Abogado who then forwarded it to the AFP chief.

He added that depending on the result of the re-investigation, the cadet, identified as Jeff Aldrin Cudia, can either be re-instated or dismissed.

Zagala said that ordering the re-investigation is well within the authority of Bautista as the latter has overall control and supervision of all units of the AFP.

Cudia was recommended dismissed from the PMA after it was reportedly found out that he was late for two minutes for his next class.

The re-investigation will be conducted by newly-appointed PMA superintendent Major Gen. Oscar Lopez.

Accounts of his dismissal reached Facebook after his foster parent, Ched Estigoy Arzadon, posted an account last Feb. 9 bewailing Cudia’s dismissal for just being late for two minutes.

The former was supposed to graduate this March with honors.(MNS)

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