AFP : ROTC not forcing kids to become soldiers

AFP : ROTC not forcing kids to become soldiers




Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) does not expect senior high school students will be forced to join their ranks once they undergo the proposed mandatory Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC)
Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo was reacting to  Senator Imee Marcos' pronouncement that she cannot accept the proposal, saying, "You really cannot force a kid to become a soldier."

"We take cognizance of the view of the good Senator Marcos as against 'forcing the kid to becoming (a) soldier' with regard to the ROTC. With all due respect, however, we maintain that taking and completing the ROTC program does not make him -- or her -- ipso facto a soldier," he said in a message to the Philippine News Agency(PNA).
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Arevalo notes that the proposal to revive the ROTC training among the youth today is to make them empowered as to when there is an exigency, such as calamities and national emergencies they can be readily tapped.
Unless, in their own volition, these young and patriotic Filipinos opt to join the Armed Forces of the Philippines," he added.
Citing Article II Section 4 of the Constitution, Arevalo said it is the prime duty of the government to serve and protect the people.

"Thus, the government may call upon its citizens to render personal, civil, or military duties to defend the State. And the ROTC program readies our men and women to fulfill that constitutionally mandated obligation," he said.
AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., said these times call for the reintroduction of ROTC as it is needed to train and instill among the youth the values of discipline, nationalism, respect for authorities, and love of country, among others





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