If indeed the Marcos II administration intends to bring back the past by, among other means, making ROTC mandatory again, 21 years after it was made an NTSP elective, it could start by first instituting the needed reforms in the program to prevent or at least reduce the corruption, abuses and violence that many associate with it.
“General Bato Dela Rosa should stop his illusion that many Filipinos would like to take ROTC.”
Ang ating buhay ay hindi dapat ginu-Google kundi ginugugol sa isang dakilang layunin. Madaling sabihin subalit mahirap gawin dahil sa totoo lang, napakalakas ng hatak ng indibidwalistang pantasya at makasariling konsepto ng pagmamahal sa bayan.
Youth groups’ protest action faced police violence after trooping to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last May 30 to decry the “worsening state of education” in the country. Three members of the group present in the activity were grabbed by officers after defacing the gates of the commission but were released after the program.
“Our call is to stop militarization, not only in the UP Mindanao campus but also in all other campuses all over the country.”
“We call on the Filipino youth and students to denounce this campaign of fear being perpetrated by the administration. Let us make them hear our demands, let us mobilize, let us show them that we will not be intimidated by their tactics.”
“There are better solutions for greater youth involvement in nation-building, ones which do not subscribe to the militarist approach of the ROTC.”
“It is high time that we excise this vestige of a bygone militaristic era from our schools with finality. In the coming days, we vow to intensify the call for the abolition of the ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program].”
By INA ALLECO R. SLVERIO Bulatlat.com There’s no way they are going to allow ROTC training become mandatory again. Kabataan Party-List and the youth and students organization Anakbayan have declared their determination to oppose proposals to once more make ROTC or the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory in all colleges and universities nationwide. In…
The Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) was created through Republic Act 9163 or the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001 as a result of the nationwide protest to abolish the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in 2001. One of its students at UP, who joined the recent Cordillera Day celebrations in Abra, says…