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Aug 3, 2016
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College students, both male and female, may soon be required to undergo the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) as the Malacañang Palace is pushing for its restoration.

According to Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, this is to instill discipline and patriotism among the youth.

"It seems that there is no discipline among the young generation so they get addicted to drugs. There is no spirit of love of country," Panelo told Philstar.

Panelo also said the proposal to revive the mandatory training program was made by Commission on Higher Education chairman Patricia Licuanan on Monday.

He added that President Rodrigo Duterte himself showed no signs of being against the said proposal during their Cabinet meeting.

In 2001, ROTC was made optional under the National Service Training Program due to incidents of fatal hazing activities.

Panelo assured that this time, there would be provisions to prevent abuse, the Inquirer reported.

"Actually implementation lang naman ang naging problema doon. Ang ginawa nila hindi na kaagad nila in-implement just because there were abuses. Eh di cure mo yung abuses," he said.

 

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