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Sara Duterte will advocate mandatory military service for all Filipinos if elected VP

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Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of Davao City, said on Wednesday that if elected vice president, she will advocate for mandatory military service for all Filipinos reaching the age of 18 – male or female.

She stated that she would use her position as Vice President to urge the Philippine House of Representatives and Senate to pass such legislation.

“We see this in other countries like South Korea and Israel. It should not just be like ROTC [Reserved Officers’ Training Corp’ where it’s just one subject or one weekend or a month in a year,” Duterte-Carpio, said, speaking in a mix of English and Filipino during the Manila Virtual Caravan.
“Everyone, once your turn 18, once you reach 18 years old, you will be given a subsidy. You will be asked to serve our country under our Armed Forces of the Philippines,” she added.

The National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001 made military training optional in 2002. (Republic Act No. 9163).

The assassination of University of Santo Tomas sophomore cadet Mark Welson Chua in 2001, after he exposed corruption in his school’s military training program, spurred calls to remove mandatory military training.

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If elected VP, Sara Duterte will push for mandatory military service for all Filipinos|Inquirer

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