MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent a bill requiring Grade 11 and 12 students to undergo the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Duterte certified as urgent Senate Bill No. 2232 on Monday, June 3, through a letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. A copy of the document with his certification was given to Rappler by the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office.
LOOK: President Duterte certifies as urgent Senate Bill No 2322 making ROTC mandatory for grade 11, 12 students. Image from PLLO pic.twitter.com/clrGN8n2TU — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) June 3, 2019
The Senate bill mandates the "institutionalizing, development, training, organization, and administration" of basic ROTC for Grades 11 and 12 in public and private educational institutions.
Duterte, in his letter, said a law is required to restore basic military and leadership training for the Filipino youth "to invigorate their sense of nationalism and patriotism necessary in defending the State and to further promote their role in nation-building."
Ironically, Duterte has often regaled audiences with how he avoided ROTC training during his days as a student.
Duterte's certification allows the Senate to pass the bill on 2nd reading as well as 3rd and final reading on the same day.
Senate Bill No. 2232 is currently in the period of interpellations. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian sponsored it, while senators Richard Gordon and Manny Pacquiao are co-sponsors. – Rappler.com
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