MASO hails PBBM’s mandatory ROTC revival

MASO hails PBBM’s mandatory ROTC revival

By Junex Doronio
July 25, 2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Believing that the Boy and Girl Scouts training in elementary school, Citizens Army Training (CAT) in high school, and the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) in college help instill patriotism, discipline and responsibility, the socialist-humanist Maharlika Solidarity (MASO) on Monday praised President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for including the ROTC revival in his 19 priority measures that will be worked on by Congress.

Founded by a descendant of Lapu-Lapu on July 7 this year coinciding with the 130th foundation of the Katipunan, MASO said if ever ROTC is revived, it should include practical shooting and martial arts training. It should also be strictly monitored to avoid hazing and inhumane treatment of students.

“If countries like Israel and South Korea, their youth and even so-called beauty queens can ably defend their motherland, why can’t we in our own archipelago?” MASO convenor Khalid Mundo said.

In the blog “Celebrating Lapu-Lapu’s Genealogy” (www.filipinogenealogy.com), it was written: “The Pagobo and Baring families of Mactan and the Mundo family of Borbon, both in Cebu province, claim that they are modern-day blood relatives of hero of Mactan.”

To recall, the mandatory ROTC was abolished in 2001 after Mark Chua, an ROTC cadet at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), was killed when he exposed the alleged corruption in the school’s military reserve training program through an article in The Varsitarian, the UST’s university paper.

The extreme Left groups have also opposed the revival of ROTC which was earlier proposed by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte. (ai/mtvn)

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