Duterte wants mandatory ROTC back to boost military’s self-defense force

Bringing back the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) as mandatory will help the military build a credible self-defense force, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said. Philippines is currently facing threat with China’s aggressive behavior in West Philippine Sea.

“While we expect the US to come to our aid if [we are] attacked by a foreign force, the country must also be self-reliant. And to build up a credible self-defense force, the country must restore the ROTC that was once part of the college curriculum,” the mayor said as quoted by Rappler.com.

He said the youth of today are too much in to social media activities “that they don’t even know how to handle a rifle like we used to during our time.” ROTC will help the youth to learn discipline, nationalism, and the patriotic duty, he added.

Amid his position on strengthening the country’s defense, he believes that the government must go back to the negotiating table with China and be open for a joint exploration in West Philippine Sea.

“We have enough peace and order problems in Mindanao and we don’t need to add an external security threat by saber-rattling against China,” Duterte said.