Supreme Court Rejects Jeff Aldrin Cudia’s ‘Status Quo’ Plea

The Supreme Court has denied on Thursday the petition of First Cl(–foul word(s) removed–) Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia to stop his expulsion from Philippine Maritime Academy (PMA).

Supreme CourtCudia failed to get a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court. Instead, the high court’s Third division ordered the respondents Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PMA to submit their explanation on Cudia’s petition filed last March 10.

The PMA cadet asked the Supreme Court on March 10 to issue a TRO or a status quo ante order (SQAO) in hope that he could join the graduation rites of his batch last Sunday. He was supposed to graduate as salutatorian in the “Siklab Diwa” Cl(–foul word(s) removed–) of 2014.

“It is respectfully prayed of the Honorable Court to … include 1st Cl(–foul word(s) removed–) Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia in the list of graduating cl(–foul word(s) removed–) of “Siklab Diwa” 2014 if all the material requirements for his baccalaureate degree have been completed in time for 16 March 2014 commencement exercises,” the petition read.

He also asked the high court to nullify the proceedings done by his peers, allow him to be commissioned as an ensign of the Philippine Navy, and order the PMA Honor Committee’s “guilty” verdict null and void, citing his dismissal was an “exercise of grave abuse of discretion.”

The young military hopeful was dismissed because he allegedly lied on his explanation as to why he was late in one of his cl(–foul word(s) removed–). Lying is a grave violation of the school’s Honor Code.

Earlier this week, Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon backed a proposal that Cudia must receive his diploma and transcript of records so he can move on with his life outside the military, citing the cases of the two Honor Code violators who were still allowed to graduate in the year 1950′s.

On Sunday, Aldrin Jeff Cudia finally left the Baguio-based academy while the members of the special body (created by the AFP), who was tasked to investigate the cadet’s case, proceeded to the PMA in Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City to start the investigation.

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