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Bataan lawmaker calls for mandatory ROTC

Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:21

Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman on Thursday said she wanted to restore the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program among senior high school students.

“For service of country, we must bring back the mandatory ROTC program for Grades 11 and 12,” Roman said.

She said pushing for mandatory ROTC program would help instill patriotism among the youth.

In 2001, Congress scrapped the ROTC as a requirement for graduation and made it only one of the three components of the National Service Training Program.

On Wednesday, the lawmaker became the first transgender military officer in the country when she joined the Philippine Army Reserve Force as Lieutenant Colonel.

“I commend the AFP for allowing Filipino LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) members to serve their country in uniform,” she said in a statement after joining the Army.

“My belief is that ALL patriotic Filipinos must be allowed to apply for military service, regardless of gender and sexual orientation and identification. After all, war and disaster do not recognize gender. These affect everybody, and EVERYONE must defend and serve our communities and our country,” Roman said.

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