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Cudia leaves PMA.

Unable to get the President to allow him to join Sunday's graduation march, dismissed Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia has left the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) compound in Baguio City.

Maj. Lynette Flores, PMA spokesperson, confirmed this yesterday, saying it was Cudia's personal decision to leave Fort Gregorio Del Pilar, home of the country's premiere military school.

Cudia was fetched by his family together with a representative from the Public Attorney's Office.

Cudia, who would have been the PMA "Siklab Diwa" Class 2014 salutatorian, was dismissed one month before their graduation after he was found guilty of lying, which is a violation of the PMA honor code.

The cadet, however, opted to fight the honor system.

Flores said the cadet should have already left PMA after he was placed on indefinite leave but, Cudia chose to stay in the military school's holding center while awaiting finality of the decision on his case.

But on Sunday, Flores said Cudia finally decided to pack his things and leave the PMA compound where he spent four years as a cadet.

The PMA spokesperson stressed Cudia should have made the move right after it was announced that he is already on indefinite leave so as not to give the impression that he is being detained.

"He chose to stay until yesterday," according to Flores.

She went on to say that now that Cudia is outside the PMA, "he can start life as a private individual."

When asked if Cudia can return to the military school, Flores said this will depend on the recommendation by higher authorities if the cadet will file an appeal.

"We don't want to speculate... Let's just wait for the result of the investigation," said Flores.

On Sunday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said President Benigno S. Aquino III asked Cudia to submit his written appeal so they can act on the cadet's case.

Heeding the Cudia family's request, the President on Saturday personally met with the dismissed cadet. "Yun pamilya ni Cudia ang gusto makipagkita so, pinagbigyan," Gazmin told reporters.

According to the secretary, President Aquino met with Cudia so he can listen to both parties. It was during the meeting that the President told Cudia to submit his appeal.


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Date:Mar 17, 2014
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