Chiz Escudero says PMA should not be abolished, says offense of some is not institution’s fault

Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero spoke against abolishing the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) yesterday, following the alleged military corruption case that has recently dominated headlines, reports GMA News.

"Hindi kasalanan ng institusyon ang kasalanan ng ilang graduate nito. Kung may gagawin tayo, huwag namang i-abolish. I-improve, i-ayos, i-review at iwasto kung ano man ang mali o pagkukulang. Huwag namang abolisyon kaagad ang unang solusyon," GMA News quoted Escudero.

("The wrongdoing of some graduates is not the institution's fault. Instead of abolishing the PMA, we should improve, review and correct whatever is wrong or insufficient. Let’s not turn to abolition as the first solution.")

Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Escudero added, "Marami din namang eskuwelahan na nag-produce ng graduate na hindi maganda ang ginawa sa ating bansa. Wala namang nagsasabing i-abolish na ang mga eskuwelahang yon. Ganoon din siguro dapat sa PMA."

("Other schools have also produced graduates who did our country no good, but no one is pushing for the abolishment of these schools. Perhaps the PMA should be treated the same way.")

Addressing proposals to set up more military schools in the country, Escudero said members of the military have expressed opposition to such. "Marahil mas bagay iyon sa mas mayamang bansa tulad ng Estados Unidos... Ang dami kasing sundalo at ang daming giyerang pinapasukan nila sa iba’t ibang parte ng mundo. Eh hindi naman tayo ganoon." ("Maintaining a number of military schools might be more appropriate to wealthier countries like the U.S. which is involved in wars worldwide.")

However, the Senator said he will form a technical working group to study the feasibility of establishing more military academies.

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