MALACAÑANG on Tuesday told reporters that the military training would be okay if it becomes mandatory for all "physically-fit" Filipinos, whether male or female.
This suggestion came as the country's President Rodrigo Duterte certified Senate bill requiring Grades 11 and 12 students to undergo military training like the Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) as urgent.
Press Secretary Salvador Panelo, during a press conference suggested that it would be better if all "physically-fit" Filipinos would undero a military training course and not only Grades 11 and 12.
"You know in other countries, it's mandatory, military training is mandatory for all physically-fit Filipinos. It should really be mandatory," the press secretary said.
Panelo said, "I share the view that all citizens, able-bodied citizens of the Philippines, male or kahit na (even) female, should be required to have compulsory military training for our own security. Pagdating ng panahon, para marunong tayo. Para sa ating lahat 'yun," the Palace Panelo said.
It can be recalled that in the past decades, ROTC was mandatory and it was made optional for college students way back in 2001, after the very controverial death of cadet Mark Chua, who reportedly uncovered all corruptions inside the ROTC training program.
After Mark Chua's revelation, he was killed and his body was wrapped in a carpet. His body was found floating off the waters of Pasig River.
Later, a court in Metro Manila ruled that it was ROTC cadet Arnulfo Aparri, Jr who killed Chua.
According to the president, the ROTC revival would help invigorate the people's sense of nationalish ad patroltism. ###
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