Mandatory ROTC will produce pawns to Duterte’s wars — CEGP
Opposition to mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is support to rebels, said National Youth Commission Ronald Cardema, Thursday.
Passed on second reading, the House Bill 8961 seek to reinstitute mandatory ROTC to Grades 11 and 12 in both public and private education schools.
“It is so convenient for the Youth commission chair to brand young leftist groups as supporters of rebel organisations when the former has shamefully supported brutal state actions against the poor and marginalized in its wars,” said Jon Callueng, National President of College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
Cardema, a presidential appointee, is a staunch supporter of the government’s anti-drug war which has killed at least 54 people aged 18 years old and below, including Kian Delos Santos, 17, and Carl Arnaiz, 19.
“The President intends to create its battalion of state-brainwashed youth that will serve in the persistent crackdown against activists in schools and communities,” Callueng claimed.
Years of corruption, harassment, and macho-fascist culture in the ROTC led to deaths of its participants, most notably the case of Mark Welson Chua’s murder following his exposé of alleged corruption in the University of Santo Tomas ROTC unit.
The Guild continuously warns that requiring Senior High School students to undergo the military program will not foster patriotism but manufacture pawns to President Duterte’s anti-people wars, like Oplan Kapayapaan, Oplan Tokhang and Martial law in Mindanao.
“We intend to smash this false sense of nationalism when the very marginalized sectors are subjected to state violence over their rightful pursuit for self-determination and justice, just as the case of military displacement of the Lumads in Mindanao to protect big mining and agribusiness corporations,” Callueng said.###