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Ex-PMA cadet insists he should be in graduates list

Posted On 2014 Jul 14
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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 109th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 at the Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday(March 16). The PMA boast of a long and illustrious history of preparing only the best Filipino men and women for military service. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 109th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 at the Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday(March 16). The PMA boast of a long and illustrious history of preparing only the best Filipino men and women for military service. (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 14 (Mabuhay) – The camp of former Cadet First Class Aldrin Cudia on Monday maintained that he should be included in the list of graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Siklab Diwa” Class of 2014.

This was through the reply filed by Cudia on the comment of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in the petition he filed before the Supreme Court (SC).

Cudia argued that “grave abuse of discretion” was committed on the part of the PMA when he was not allowed to graduate from the academy because he was caught “late for two minutes” in the class.

He also argued that he was denied “due process” by the PMA.

Cudia believes that his non-inclusion in the graduation ceremony of the PMA can only be considered as “moot and academic”, but not the “merit” of his case.

For her part, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta, who is defending the case of Cudia, said that there is the so-called “judicial supremacy” in similar cases of abuse and violation of human rights by some officials of the PMA.

Acosta added that it was contrary to the position of the OSG that the case of Cudia is not under the jurisdiction of the SC.  (MNS)

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