While @ Starbucks

My daughter and I came from a forum about studying the indigenous people’s ways on predicting a disaster in the offing. Decided to sip cappucinno at Starbucks, for a little relaxation before hopping to another consultation at the university.

By way of habit, I browse through the pages of my favorite daily, the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Not really to read, for most of the issues have been reported on television and radio. I was only going through the titles and a byline caught my eye. Hmmm, someone shares my daughter’s name. When I focused, gosh, it is my daughter’s name. Ha ha.

I immediately told the man on the next table. And he smiled at my ecstatic jubilation (if this sounds redundant, no no, this is my hyperbolic reaction to something totally unexpected). Told the man to watch our cellphones charging, and went to Jean in queue for our coffee. She looked me with concern, her phone and bag left unguarded, but when I showed her the newspaper, she was surprised, too. And placed her order.

Here’s her first published article, on the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Youngblood.


Honor Code Abused?


How do we begin to understand what “upholding the Honor Code” means, with regard the dismissal of a PMA candidate for graduation, when all the news is saying is just that: He lied. What is the lie? Is that lie tantamount to the severity of punishment, in this case, denying the cadet his soldier’s diploma, consequently stripping him of his dream to serve the people through the armed forces?

Advise me, what exactly is the story?

Because I see here one young lad at the onset of his life, full of dreams, to serve the people, and right now, talk is focused at that “lie” as against an academic excellence credential that put him at the “Salutatorian” status, four years of hard training, four years when he could have cheated and lied, but never did, because his grades spelled sterling performance….

And he lied at the last minute?

What say the teachers who honed him? Did they believe their intelligent cadet capable of lying? Is the lying story commensurate to the character?

Hmmm, something is amiss here, for teachers want their students to soar high, not abandon them to deteriorate to nothingness. Soldiers fight with their comrade-in-arms, never leave one out to die in the field alone. That is the honor code.

This one looks like an abuse of that code.

Cadet Cudia, don’t feel forlorn, I give thee my salute.