Lorenzana sees ROTC as good way to reawaken love for country among youth

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019   •   315

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Presidential Photo)

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes that the best way to rekindle the essence of love for the country among the youth is to reintroduce to them the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Lorenzana said the ROTC will teach the youth the value of discipline, respect for the higher-ups and service to the country.

Lorenzana added that it is the duty of everyone to impress into the hearts of the young people the essence of loving the country like what our heroes have done in the past, offering the lives for the country. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

OFW spies in China? ‘Preposterous,’ says Defense Chief Lorenzana

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2019

Overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana slammed Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua for saying that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in China are into spying activities in their country.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Chinese envoy reacted to Lorenzana when the latter expressed concern that Chinese workers in Philippine Offshore Gaming Operation (POGO) hubs in the country might be potential spies for China.

According to Lorenzana, such claim by the Chinese envoy is “preposterous” emphasizing that “POGO workers here are not comparable to OFWs in China.”

“POGO workers usually come over to the Philippines for a different purpose, e.g., likely just tourism, but eventually, [they] got visas to work in an activity at the POGO centers operating gambling operations which are prohibited in China,” Lorenzana said in a statement.

Lorenzana made certain that there were no POGO-like centers near military camps in China which could possibly be managed by Filipinos.

He stressed that as far as information gathering is concerned, it is the Chinese nationals who might be used for that matter.

“What I am alarmed is the potential that they could be tapped for information gathering purposes,” the Defense Chief said.

 “That is why I support the relocation of the POGO centers to ecozones that are not proximate to military camps,” he concluded. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

Senator Bato dela Rosa to prioritize death penalty, mandatory military service bills

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2019

Senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines – Newly proclaimed senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he still couldn’t believe how his career progressed from being an ordinary policeman to being a lawmaker.

“Hindi pa rin. Hindi ko pa rin maisip na senador na pala ako,” the candid former chief of police said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Wednesday (May 22).

Dela Rosa believes his performance in the Philippine National Police (PNP) has contributed a lot to his candidacy plus the fact, he said, that people now prefer politicians who are naturally transparent.

Now that he is officially a lawmaker, Senator “Bato” said he will prioritize crafting legislation that would seek the reinstatement of death penalty for heinous crimes — including erring policemen who plant evidence against drug suspects.

He said he will focus more on peace and order which is essential in the protection of Filipinos, especially the poor, and to the country’s economy.

He argued that no matter how good the plans of the government’s economic manager are, they will never prosper without peace and order.

“Kung may magandang peace and order tayo, mayroong investment,” he said.

(Having an excellent peace and order will yield investments.)

“Kung mayroon investment mayroon employment. Pag mayroong employment, mayroong income. Pag may income, may perang pambili ang ating mga kababyan so napaka-importante ng peace and order,” the senator-elect said.

(More investments mean more employment [opportunities]. More employment means more income. More income means more money which we could use for our people so peace and order is very important.)

In line with this, Dela Rosa is also considering pushing for the mandatory military service in lieu of the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC).

“Like other countries na pagdating mo ng 18 years old, obligado ka na mag-serve sa military for two years. Walang pakialam ang gobyerno kung anak ka ng mayaman, o ng mahirap, kung sikat ka o artista ka, maganda din iyon,” he said.

(Like other countries that require all 18-year-olds to obligatory military service for two years. The government will not exempt whether you are a son of a wealthy family, or poor family, whether you are famous or a celebrity, that’s good.)

“Gusto ko malakas ang ating territorial defense when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion so kailangang i-prepare natin ang ating kabataan na mayroon tayong enough reserves, human resource reserves,” he added.

(I want our territorial defense to be strong when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion, so we need to prepare our youth so we may have enough reserves, human resource reserves.)

Dela Rosa noted, however, that the government may possibly shoulder the uniform and all the expenses of those who will enter the compulsory military service as they will render service like commissioned military personnel.

As for the ROTC, he said the parents may support since they are now paying for the expenses of their children under the existing National Service Training Program (NSTP).

Dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte government’s war on drugs, placed fifth in the 2019 midterm senatorial elections garnering a total of 19,004,225 votes. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

PNP, DND supports mandatory ROTC in grade 11 and 12

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2019

ROTC student-cadets during training

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of National Defense support the implementation of mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) training if it passes into law.

According to PNP Spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac, the mandatory ROTC will prepare the youth if they are interested in entering the PNP or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

It will also train the youth in case there is a need for assistance during calamities.

“Kung saka-sakaling may pangangailangan na magpatawag tayo ng reserba, hindi lamang sa segurdidad kundi pati sa pag-responde sa mga disaster, calamities, and emergencies, (In case there is a need for additional forces, not just for security, but also during disasters, calamities, and emergencies)” Banac said.

Meanwhile, the Department National Defense (DND) also expressed support for the passage of the mandatory ROTC.

In a statement, the DND said the measure will boost the youth’s patriotism and sense of community.

“The reinstatement of mandatory ROTC in Grades 11 and 12 will help instill love of country, good citizenship, respect for human rights, and adherence to the rule of law,” their statement reads.

The House of Representatives approved House Bill 8961 on the 3rd and final reading on Monday (May 20). This will require high school students to undergo ROTC.

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