SC orders PMA to comment on Cudia’s bid to get school records
THE Supreme Court has ordered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to comment on the bid of the mother of dismissed cadet 1st Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia to release her son’s academic documents so he can enroll at the UP College of Law.
Superintendent of the PMA has been given 10 non-extendible period to answer the motion.
The high court has already decided with finality on the dismissal of Cudia last April but his mother, Filipina, urged the high court to take another look at the case and extend the same humanitarian consideration given to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to her son by allowing the release of her son’s academic documents.
Cudia’s mother is not seeking a reversal of the high court’s decision affirming the dismissal of her son from the PMA.
In her 12-page motion, Filipina Cudia through counsel Public Attorneys’ Office (PAO) Chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, insisted that the high court should allow the release of her son’s diploma or certificate of completion of academic subject requirements, transcript of records, certificate of good moral character and honorable dismissal and certificate of discharge.
Cudia wants his academic documents released so he can enroll in the University of the Philippines College of Law after passing the Law Aptitude Examination. The high court, however, denied his petition last April.
Acosta said Cudia’s family could no longer afford to re-enroll their son in college due to financial constraints.
She said, what happened to their son took a toll on Cudia’s father, Renato, who suffered a brain stroke and half paralyzing him.
“With Cadet Cudia’s mother unemployed and his father seriously ailing, Cadet Cudia’s re-enrollment for tertiary education would be too difficult for the indigent Cudia family to bear,” Acosta said.
“Cadet Cudia could lose his opportunity to pursue a law degree; and now, given his father’s condition, even his opportunity to finish college is under serious threat,” she added.
“They already killed Mang Renato’s dreams for Aldrin. They no longer allowed Aldrin to become a soldier, and now they also won’t let him to become a lawyer…We are begging to the Supreme Court to take a second look at our case and listen to our plea. All we are asking is the release of the diploma and transcript of records of Aldrin. He has the right to finish his education,” she stressed.
The PAO chief also urged the high court to take a second look at the report of the Commission on Human Rights, which investigated the matter and found out that the PMA honor committee conducted unfair trial on Cudia.
The chief public attorney explained that the high court’s ruling allowing Enrile to post bail in a plunder case over humanitarian consideration could be a “supervening event” in Cudia’s case.
Asked if she expects the SC to consider their plea given that the ruling was already final, Acosta admitted it would be far-fetched.
“But there were previous cases where the court reconsidered already final rulings. And we will fight for Aldrin,” she said, adding that the high court’s ruling on Enrile is proof that the Court exercises its judicial discretion following not only the dictates of the mind but the heart as well.
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