Articles worth reading

Metro News

Sen. Ronald

Dela Rosa to revive ROTC bill 

account_balanceMetro News account_circleMarc Lacson chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Sunday said he will refile his proposed mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) bill in the 19th Congress, which will open on July 25, according to a report by Manila Times.

The senator also voiced willingness to author a version of the measure that will be proposed by Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio.

"I will check if the Office ng Vice President has a [similar] proposal to be submitted to me. Then I am willing to author such a bill — the version that Vice President Inday Sara wants," dela Rosa said in a television interview.


Dela Rosa said that his ROTC bill is "a mild version" compared to the "drafting" or mandatory two-year military service that Duterte-Carpio wants based on initial reports.

The ROTC version of the incoming vice president is reportedly similar to the mandatory military training to all the male Filipino youth like in South Korea and Singapore. "It will face stiff opposition [in the Senate]," he said.

The ROTC bill was one of dela Rosa's top 10 priorities in the 18th Congress. "That's number two in my list of the top 10 priority bills na isa-submit ko (that I will submit) on our first session day sa (in the) 19th Congress."

Under dela Rosa's proposal, the mandatory ROTC program will be introduced in Grades 11 and 12 in both public and private schools, while an advanced ROTC program will be available in the first two years of higher education for those who want to become officers.

The senator said that mandatory ROTC has to return as he noted that since its removal, the youth's sense of pride, nationalism and patriotism had changed.

"And we know that we have an impending [security] threat from our neighboring countries. China's threat is always present in our West Philippine Sea," he said.

"So, [if] worst comes to worst, we need, being a very small nation compared to the others, we need a ready reserve to support our regular armed forces in times of crisis," dela Rosa stressed.

The former Philippine National Police chief has assured that in his bill, "there will be no room for corruption and abuses which led to ROTC's downfall."

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

House committee wants to defer barangay polls

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms on Tuesday approved a proposal to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) scheduled on Dec. 5, 2022 to Dec. 4, 2023, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. ...

NTC wants to block Newsnet franchise 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) asked the Court of Appeals to reverse its decision granting the petition filed by the News and Entertainment Network Corporation (Newsnet) compelling it to comply with the Anti-Red Tape Authority&rsquo...

President Ferdinand

Senator wants permanent agriculture chief 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode17 hours ago

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday called on President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to reconsider his post as Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary and appoint a "full time" official who would focus on sugar issues and othe...

Photo of: BOC

Authorities confiscate P220-million imported sugar 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode17 hours ago

Joint operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), and Department of Agriculture (DA) have seized various imported sugar and other a...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature