Friday, March 28, 2014

Possible service academy reform in the Philippines

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin
Cadet Jeff Cudia
Just as reform issues arise in military justice systems around the world, calls for reform can also arise in the special context of service academies, as witness a current controversy involving the Philippine Military Academy. "While standing by the honor system, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (PMA Class ’68) has said that it also needs updating to be attuned to the times, notably the need to adhere to the principle of human rights." Other alumni are opposed to change. The debate was sparked by the dismissal of Cadet Jeff Cudia based on a claim that he violated the academy's honor code. Cadet Cudia, who has taken his case to the Supreme Court, hopes to attend law school.

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