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    New hope shines for dismissed Phl cadet

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III can technically reverse the ruling issued by the Cadet Review and Appeals Board (CRAB) against Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia who was dismissed from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) for violating the "Honor Code".
    This was disclosed Sunday by PMA Commandant of Cadets, Col. Rozzano Briquez.
    This is despite the CRAB dismissing Cudia's earlier motion for appeal, thus standing by the decision of the "Honor Committee".
    "Technically the answer is yes, technically, the President may not approve the administrative separation because he is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines but it is now in the process of being endorsed, so the Chief-of-Staff will endorse it to the Secretary of National Defense, who will then endorse it to the Commander-in-Chief our President, and finally, the final disposition of Cadet Cudia will rest on the President or the Commander-in-Chief," Briquez said.
    He said the PMA Department of Naval Warfare head Cmdr. Junjie Tabuada may be investigated for claiming that a certain Cadet First Class Lagura, a reported member of the "Honor Committee", was pressured to change his vote so that Cudia will be found guilty.
    "A separate investigation (may be conducted) for Cmdr. Tabuada but this has nothing to do with the 'Honor Code' because the 'Honor Code' is for the cadets and this has something to do with Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer and a Gentleman (which) falls under the Articles of War," Briquez further said.
    AFP spokesperson Major Gen. Domingo Tutaan, Jr. earlier announced that the CRAB has found nothing irregular in the ruling of the "Honor Committee" which ordered the dismissal of Cudia for violating the "Honor Code".
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