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The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom
Do you agree with lawmakers that making ROTC mandatory would instill a sense of nationalism and patriotism into the Filipino youth?
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says the proposed Reserve Officers' Training Corps bill would cost the government nearly as much as the free tuition law
The senator flies into a rage when a youth activist contrasted the possible release of rape-murder convict Antonio Sanchez, with killings in the war on drugs
President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to ensure the passage of a bill that would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for senior high school students
(UPDATED) 'You don’t need to be a soldier to show your love for the country. There are other ways,' the neophyte senator says
‘When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor through bombing, and then the Philippines was next, the first line of defense were the young ROTC graduates while our military forces were yet to be mobilized,’ says the education secretary
'There is nothing in the certification which would shorten the debate on any measure,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
President Rodrigo Duterte certifies Senate Bill No. 2232 as urgent, saying mandatory ROTC for Grade 11 and 12 students is needed to 'invigorate' the youth's 'sense of nationalism'
Sa kagustuhang maaagang makontrol ang isip ng kabataan, ipapataw ang isang programang lumalabag sa karapatang pantao ng mga bata
If passed into law, the bill would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for both male and female senior high school students
We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.
(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would bar a senior high school student from graduating if he or she fails to complete the ROTC program
But both the education and defense departments are backing the proposal to require ROTC for senior high school students
The President says he may issue an executive order requiring ROTC, if it is legal to do so
President Rodrigo Duterte says he tricked the military registrar by submitting medical documents of another man who had a communicable disease
You always ask America for help? They will not die for you Kayo ang magpakamatay [para] sa bayan natin says President Rodrigo Duterte at the opening ceremony of Palarong Pambansa 2017
An under funded ROTC program is susceptible to corruption and actually breeds more distrust of government
Realistically [Duterte] wants it I don t know if he will push [for] it right away but we might as well do the groundwork says Commission on Higher Education chair Patricia Licuanan
There s a consensus in the Duterte Cabinet that making ROTC voluntary has eroded the discipline and love for country of young Filipinos says Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo
What we need is a better path for the socio civic involvement of the youth a path that is congruent to the challenges of the changing times
Retired military officers say there s need to strengthen our defense posture but the AFP spokesman says ROTC trainees can be tapped for disaster response