PMA puz­zled on Top 1 leak

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AU­THOR­I­TIES from the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy are puz­zled fol­low­ing the leak­age of this year’s top grad­u­at­ing class of Ala­gad ng Lahing Binigkis ng Ta­pang at Lakas (Alab Tala) 2018.

The leak­age came from a na­tional ra­dio sta­tion which was broad­casted from Iloilo.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the ra­dio sta­tion was able to ob­tain an in­ter­view from the sib­ling of sup­posed top notcher Cadet 1st Class Jay­war­dene Hon­to­ria.

PMA pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Rey Balido said the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of the Top 10 grad­u­at­ing cadets is sched­uled for March 14 of this year, and any other pre­ma­ture an­nounce­ments prior to the sched­ule will not be ac­knowl­edged by the academy.

Academy of­fi­cials are now ver­i­fy­ing the source of the an­nounce­ment to make

the nec­es­sary ac­tion if war­ranted.

Balido how­ever re­it­er­ated they are not yet in a po­si­tion if there was a vi­o­la­tion of the academy’s Honor Code.

"For the mo­ment, we still are not in a po­si­tion to say if there was a vi­o­la­tion. We still need to know who and where the source of the in­for­ma­tion came from be­fore any suit­able ac­tion maybe done," Balido re­it­er­ated.

The de­vel­op­ment of char­ac­ter is one of the cru­cial as­pects in the train­ing of a ca- det in the coun­try’s premier mil­i­tary in­sti­tu­tion.

"It is a fun­da­men­tal ob­jec­tive which the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy strives to achieve through the Honor Code and the Honor Sys­tem. This sys­tem is a unique sys­tem which is ad­min­is­tered by the cadets them­selves," Balido ex­plained.

The Honor Sys­tem which binds the cadet to the code states "We the cadets, do not lie, cheat, steal, nor tol­er­ate among us who do so." Jonathan Llanes

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