Duterte aims independence in reviving ROTC: You'll ask America for help? They will not die for you

Sacrifice for the country. This has been the challenge of President Rodrigo Duterte addressed to the young athletes of 2017 Palarong Pambansa as he reiterated his plan to bring back Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to produce civilians to defend the country.

In his speech during the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa held in Antique, the president warned that the alternative would be conscription, or compulsory military enlistment for all civilians.

Sighting the exclusion of the said program in 2002, Duterte highlighted the significance of ROTC especially now that terrorism threats and violence are evident in the country.

"You have to go back to ROTC ... kasi 'yung mga ROTC [officers], 'yun 'yung may training. Reserve officers nga, eh. Because if there is really violence, anarchy, ang makakaalam niyan—ang marunong mag-handle ng M-16—'yung ROTC. 'Yun, sila ang mag-guide sa mga civilian na walang alam," he said.

Bakit mo tanggalin 'yung ROTC? Eh kung magkagulo tayo, ang ROTC ang magtuturo sa civilian paano maghawak ng baril, paano mag-load ng magazine, paano mag-repair, and how to fight. Or would you rather na I come up with a law that would conscript you? You know what is conscription? You are required by the government—gaya ng Israel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia—you are required to undergo military training. Compulsory."

Duterte shared that he’s currently working on a law that would bring back ROTC.

He also reminded the young athletes that no onw could defend the country except us Filipinos. “"Who else would defend you? You'll ask America for help? They will not die for you. Kayo ang magpakamatay sa bayan natin. That is a message from a father to the nation. Kayo ang magsakripisyo," he quoted.

The president plans to implement the ROTC for students who are in the senior high school which her announced after a cabinet meeting last February.

Source: GMA Network