Duterte calls for revival of mandatory ROTC program

Just don't ask about his own experience.

 

(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte revealed during his visit to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in Quezon City on August 3 that he did not complete the then-mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps course.

 

“You know I am not from the military. I did not even finish ROTC but I’m not into delays. Let’s be frank. I don’t want delays and corruption,” he told members of the Armed Forces Philippines (AFP) as he called for the revival of the mandatory service to the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program.

 

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella also said that the commander-in-chief believes that military training is “going to help in the building up of discipline and values...and help build a sense of patriotism among the next generation.” After a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, August 2, about amending the existing law on the ROTC, Duterte's chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, also said, "Wala na raw disiplina 'yong young generation kaya na-aadik sa drugs. Walang spirit of love of country," reports GMA News.

 

In 2001, ROTC was made optional under the National Service Training Program due to incidents of fatal hazing activities. 

 

Photo from Philippine Star

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