‘Inspired by China,’ Duterte orders daily military drills for Rizal

Rambo Talabong
‘Inspired by China,’ Duterte orders daily military drills for Rizal

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'I was inspired when I went to China because every sundown, they have a drill,' Duterte says before military and police officers

MANILA, Philippines – Inspired by China, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on Friday, December 20, the Armed Forces of the Philippines to perform daily military drills honoring national hero Jose Rizal.

“I was inspired when I went to China because every sundown, they have a drill, a drill before the flag is lowered and people congregate every afternoon to see the drill performed by different units assigned for that day,” Duterte said.

Duterte gave the order during his speech at the closing of the ROTC Summit at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila where a silent military drill competition was held. Officials of the military and the police attended the event.

The President said he wants the drills done even if people would ignore it. 

The Armed Forces currently honors Rizal by providing constant guard of his monument in the same national park where Duterte gave his speech. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.